Officer Bowes out of the hospital

NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA - September 26, 2008 - Police offered a round of applause as Officer Richard Bowes was wheeled out of Temple University Hospital on Friday afternoon.

The 35-year-old highway patrol officer was shot in the leg during a gun battle in North Philadelphia with 27-year-old Daniel Giddings.

He had been called in to assist Officer Patrick McDonald, who Giddings shot and killed.

Giddings also shot Bowes, but the officer was able to return fire, killing Giddings.

Bowes' colleagues in blue cheered and offered him handshakes and hugs as the still healing cop left the hospital.

Bowes was escorted home by a small convoy of highway patrol officers, and met by cheers once home in Northeast Philadelphia.

Earlier Friday, the man who authorities say bought the gun that Giddings used to shoot both McDonald and Bowes, Jason Mack, was arraigned in federal court in South Carolina.

Investigators say he lied on a federal form about his drug use, in order to purchase a gun.

A viewing takes place for Officer McDonald on Monday night at the Givnish Funeral Home in Northeast Philadelphia.

A second viewing will be held Tuesday morning at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

A mass of Christian burial follows at noon Tuesday.

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