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Off-Duty Officer Shot, Friend Killed, in Philly Shooting

Off-Duty Officer Shot, Friend Killed, in Philly Shooting

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Philadelphia Inquirer via YellowBrix

December 31, 2009

PHILADELPHIA – An off-duty Philadelphia police officer was in serious condition and a friend was dead after the two were shot during a robbery attempt in the city’s Hunting Park neighborhood last night.

Police later shot a man who matched the description of one of the assailants and arrested a man with him.

The officer, Martin P. Campbell, was hit in his left leg and taken to Temple University Hospital in critical condition after the bullet “nicked” an artery, according to Lt. Frank Vanore, a police spokesman. By the end of the night, he was upgraded and stabilized at the hospital, where Mayor Nutter and Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey were “hopeful” that the 23-year-old officer would fully recover. He was still in surgery shortly before midnight.

The body of Campbell’s friend, identified by relatives as Rasheen Allen, was covered by a brown blanket on the 4400 block of Marshall Street until it was taken away, around 10 p.m.

His mother, Nadra Allen, was nearby, sobbing and yelling. “That’s somebody else, right? That’s somebody else, right?” she shouted as relatives tried to comfort her.

She was frustrated that she was not allowed to see her son’s body.

Police said two men had tried to rob Campbell and Allen – two longtime friends – and a third friend around 7:15 p.m., leading to the shooting.

Roughly three hours later, police responded to a call about two men fitting the assailants’ descriptions in the 1100 block of West Venango Street, a few blocks from the Temple hospital. After police stopped the men, one pulled a gun, and an officer shot and wounded him, Vanore said.

The man was taken to Temple with a gunshot wound to the groin, and there was no word on his condition last night. The second man was arrested.

Police had not determined last night if the men were the suspects in the shooting of Campbell and his friend.

A police chopper swept a spotlight over West Venango Street late last night as police searched the area.

One relative said Rasheen Allen was about 29. His family said Allen and Campbell were childhood friends who both grew up on the Marshall Street block.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Very sad. Speedy recovery to the officer.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Speedy recovery sir. My sympathies to Officer Campbell and to the Allen family.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Speedy recovery Officer!

  • Chris_and_i_in_uniform_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Speedy recovery to the officer.

  • My_kids_027_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Our prayers are with the injured officer and the families of both parties.

  • Aaa_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I wish a rapid recovery for the officer and extend my condolences to the family of the victim that was murdered.

  • Sparkle_girl_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Prayers to the family for the loss of their son. Speedy recovery to the officer. Glad they caught the shooter. Jima you're right about the disarming of honest citizens, scum bag crooks will always be able to get the guns, they would love to see guns taken away from honest law abiding citizens.

  • L_f3150d_max50


    over 4 years ago


    My thoughts and prayers are with the family of the lost. I agree with mmarchesi, it is not guns that kill people, its the person that pulled the trigger. Why disarm honest citizens protecting themselfs from the crooks. I know the crooks all want the guns taken away, it would make thier life easier...

  • Parkside_crest_new_12-15-08_copy_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I watched this on the local news and was saddened once again by the violence in Philly. Another young officer shot, and his friend killed.

    I'm not sure when Philly is going to figure out that it's not the guns, but the POS's using them. Swift and just punishment should be the answer, not disarming honest citizens.

    My thoughts and prayers are with both families, and I pray for a full and speedy recovery for Officer Campbell.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Shit!!!! Good luck Officer Campbell. May your friend rest in peace.

  • Me_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Thoughts and prayers

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Here we go again with Philly.... Will it ever stop with this City...?
    Speedy recovery to the Officer. Sorry for the friend....

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Speedy recovery Officer Campbell. Thoughts and prayers are with the Allen family.

  • Btjustice_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Healthy recovery for Officer Campbell and prayers to the family of Rasheen Allen for their unfortunate loss.

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