Arrest made in officer shooting

February 18, 2008 1:18:50 PM PST
A suspect has been arrested in the shooting of a Philadelphia Housing Authority officer. The shooting happened about 10:15 Sunday night at the Queen Lane Apartments in Germantown. 49-year-old Craig Kelly was shot while sitting in a security booth. Part of the bullet went through his bullet-proof vest, hitting him in the hip.

Police arrested 17-year-old Zahir Johnson near the shooting scene. Authorities also recovered what is thought to be the rifle used in the shooting under a nearby vehicle. Johnson is being charged with attempted murder and will be tried as an adult.

Officer Kelly, a 19-year veteran with the Housing Authority, was working an overtime shift when the gunman approached the booth and knocked. The officer opened the door and that's when 3-4 bullets rang out, hitting the officer once. A police spokesman says the suspect then calmly walked away from the scene with the rifle in hand.

Kelly was rushed to Temple University Hospital by responding officers. He is currently in stable condition, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Police say they are looking into a prior robbery of someone in the security booth as a possible motive. The first robbery happened two weeks ago, but the victim was not an officer. They have yet to confirm a connection between the two cases.


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