Phila. officer shot off duty released from hospital

Posted: March 05, 2014

PHILADELPHIA The off-duty Philadelphia police officer who was shot and wounded near his Overbrook home early Sunday was released from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Monday evening, said police spokeswoman Officer Tanya Little.

Officer Robert Penn, 46, had just finished his shift and was wearing street clothes when he parked his car along Brentwood Road about 12:10 a.m., police said.

He told investigators that after he got out of the vehicle, an unknown man approached him from behind, muttered something, and fired once. The bullet passed through a shoulder, police said, exiting through Penn's back.

Penn, a 24-year veteran and a father of two whose wife is a lieutenant assigned to the 17th District in South Philadelphia, was taken to HUP in stable condition. Penn is assigned to the 16th District.

Department spokesman Lt. John Stanford said homicide investigators - who handle all shootings involving officers - have not released a motive in the shooting. Penn was not robbed, police said.

Investigators have yet to talk to Penn at length about the shooting because he has been under sedation, Stanford said. He was to be formally interviewed after his release.

Police have interviewed several police witnesses to the shooting, and are hoping they may be able to identify the shooter. They are also combing the area for surveillance footage that may have captured images of the shooter, Stanford said.

Previously, Penn worked a narcotics detail in the 19th District in West Philadelphia. He lives in the district he now covers.

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Inquirer staff writer Robert Moran contributed to this article.

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