A Philadelphia police officer is currently in critical condition after being shot in the neck during a traffic stop in the Kensington neighborhood on Saturday evening. The 31-year-old officer, who is a husband and father, is fighting for his life at Temple University Hospital. City officials, including Mayor Cherelle Parker and Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel, provided updates on the officer’s condition.

According to reports, the officer and his partner conducted a traffic stop that led to the discovery of a holster in the vehicle. When they approached the car, one man fled and fired three shots at the officers. The wounded officer was struck in the neck, and his partner rushed him to the hospital where he is currently on life support in the surgical ICU.

The person of interest who fled the scene was later taken into custody after two barricade situations. Additionally, all other individuals who were in the car at the time of the shooting were also apprehended by the police.

The injured officer, a veteran of the police force with over six years of service, is currently on a breathing machine and fighting for his life. Mayor Parker took to social media to ask for prayers for the officer, emphasizing the risks that officers face every day while carrying out their duties.

Police Commissioner Bethel also urged the public to pray for the injured officer and the law enforcement community as a whole. He highlighted the dedication and sacrifice of officers who put their lives on the line to protect their communities.

The city officials did not provide any further information on the incident at the time of the report. However, the community has come together to show support for the injured officer and his family during this difficult time.

As the officer continues his fight for survival, the city of Philadelphia remains united in solidarity, offering thoughts and prayers for his recovery. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers that law enforcement officers encounter while serving and protecting their communities.