A Philadelphia police officer and a suspected gunman were wounded during a shootout in West Philadelphia Thursday night.
The officer, 19th district bicycle patrol officer Daniel Kostick was investigating a van he believed was involved in drug activity, according to WPVI reports.
The van made a u-turn and fled the area. Kostick caught up with the van near 51st and Master.
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Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross told reporters that the gunman said “I don’t want to have to do this.” He then fired a weapon.
Kostick returned fire. He was struck in the right arm.
The gunman was found in a nearby alley, also suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition.
Kostick is an eight-year veteran of the force. He is a married father of two.
Ross told reporters that the wounded officer is “in good spirits.” The wounded gunman was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital.
NBC10 reports that a second suspect was taken into custody overnight.