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Officer shot will require 'multiple surgeries,' commissioner said

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A police officer remains in critical but stable condition after he was shot in the stomach earlier today after a routine traffic stop turned ugly, police said.

Officer Edward Davies, 41, a six-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department, will require "multiple surgeries," said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey during a press conference around 5:30 p.m.

The suspect, who is in custody, has been identified as 31-year-old Eric Torres. He allegedly shot Davies at a corner store on 4th and Annsbury streets in Feltonville after he fled a car stop and ran into the store. Ramsey said there was a "brief, violent struggle" that lasted a few minutes among Torres and at least two other officers.

"During that struggle," Ramsey said, "he was shot."

Torres has 12 prior arrests, five of which are for previous police assaults including resisting arrest. He was last in custody November 2011.

Ramsey said Davies, who is married with children, will be kept under anesthesia as doctors did not want him talking or moving.

Mayor Michael Nutter added this incident certainly sparks further debate on illegal guns in the city but for now, "Let us keep our thoughts and prayers...on Davies."

Ramsey said police will work with the district attorney's office on the appropriate charges for Torres.

"Let's just pray for the recovery of Officer Davies and we'll deal with this other guy," he said.

 
 
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