Off-duty cop with gunshot wound released from hospital

Posted: March 05, 2014

THE MAN who shot off-duty Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Penn early Sunday remained at large yesterday and his motives remained unclear, but what was certain was that he couldn't keep Penn down.

Penn, shot once in the shoulder as he got out of his car shortly after midnight near his Overbrook Park home, was released from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania last night, said Lt. John Stanford, police spokesman.

Stanford said homicide detectives - who are handling the case because it involves a police officer - had not been able to interview Penn properly because he was under sedation.

Penn had just gotten off duty from his job at the 16th District, headquartered at 39th Street and Lancaster Avenue in Powelton, and was in civilian clothing. He parked his car on Brentwood Road near Haverford Avenue and was approached by the gunman as he walked to his door, police said.

The gunman said something that Penn was not able to discern and then shot him once in his right shoulder, the bullet exiting through his back. The gunman, described as a 5-foot-8 black man dressed in black, fled down a nearby alley without taking anything from his victim, police said.

Penn is married to a lieutenant in the 17th District, and the couple have a 17-year-old son and a 9-year-old daughter. He has been with the department 24 years.

Penn previously worked on the narcotics-enforcement team in the 19th District, headquartered at 61st and Thompson streets.

Tipsters should call police at 215-686-8477.


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