2 arrested in shootings that injured cop

June 17, 2009 1:38:15 PM PDT
Philadelphia police have made two arrests in the weekend shootings that wounded a Philadelphia police officer and three other men, but neither is accused of shooting the officer. Police arrested Dwayne Robinson , 23, on Wednesday and charged him with attempted murder and other offenses, accusing him of shooting a 38-year-old man who was wounded in the arms, buttocks and groin on Sunday.

Police say that man passed the gun to Joseph Cebollero, 22, who was also arrested Wednesday and charged with a weapons offense and obstruction of justice.

Philadelphia Police Officer Ashley Hoggard, 26, was shot and wounded early Sunday morning.

Hoggard remains hospitalized in good condition with a bullet in his shoulder, very near his lung.

Meanwhile, a source tells Action News the shoooting that left Hoggard wounded began with an argument at Park and Somerset, a block from the Franchise Sports Grill.

It seems to be a 'perfect storm' of events that lead to the officer being shot.

The person of interest got into an argument with a female, pointed a gun at her, and then punched her in the face, breaking her nose.

Just a few minutes later, in what investigators believe is a separate and unrelated crime, Demetrius Dixon was shot outside the Franchise Sports Bar after an altercation in that establishment.

Officer Hoggard responded after hearing the gunfire.

As he entered the scene, investigators believe someone drove by and opened fire, intending to shoot the person of interest who had attacked the female and happened to be in front of the bar.

It's believed the person of interest returned fire and in the hail of bullets, Officer Ashley Hoggard was hit, as well as two other innocent victims.

Police are hoping ballistic tests will lead to a break in that case and charges for the actual shooting of Officer Ashley Hoggard.

This, as officials say the North Philadelphia bar where Hoggard was shot on Sunday is owned by a city firefighter.

According to a report by the Associated Press, state records list 32-year-old Eugene Coulter Jr. as the president of Gen-Wal, Inc., the company that owns the Franchise Sports Bar at Broad and Somerset streets.

Coulter has been a firefighter for three years and according to city records has owned the bar since 2005.

Philadelphia's Nuisance Bar Task Force shut down the bar Monday.

Fire Department Executive Chief Daniel Williams says Coulter is not facing disciplinary actions "at this time" but the department is reviewing the case internally. Coulter could not be reached for comment.

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