Off-duty cop, 46, is shot heading home

JOSEPH KACZMAREK / FOR THE DAILY NEWS Police go door to door in Overbrook Park early yesterday looking for the man who shot an off-duty cop.
JOSEPH KACZMAREK / FOR THE DAILY NEWS Police go door to door in Overbrook Park early yesterday looking for the man who shot an off-duty cop.
Posted: March 04, 2014

AN OFF-DUTY police officer is recovering from a gunshot wound to his shoulder after he was attacked early yesterday near his Overbrook Park home, police said.

Officer Robert Penn, 46, was returning home from his shift when he got out of his car on Brentwood Road near Haverford Avenue at 12:09 a.m. He was approached by a man who mumbled something unclear and then shot Penn once in his right shoulder before running down a nearby alley, Philadelphia Police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said.

The bullet exited through Penn's back. He was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was listed in stable condition, according to police.

Penn is a married father of a 17-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter. He has served 24 years on the force. He is assigned to the 16th District, headquartered at 39th Street and Lancaster Avenue, in Powelton.

He previously was assigned to the 19th District, headquartered at 61st and Thompson streets, in West Philadelphia, and covers the area where he now lives. While in the 19th District, Penn worked on the narcotics-enforcement team.

The suspect was described as a 5-foot-8 black man who was wearing a black jacket, a black hat and black pants at the time of the shooting.

The department did not release a motive for the attack or identify a suspect. According to reports, Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross said that Penn was in plainclothes at the time of the shooting and was not robbed.

Tipsters should call police at 215-686-8477.


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