Man charged in Abington police shooting

ABINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. - December 22, 2008 It all began when police were called out to a domestic disturbance in Philadelphia and ended in a shootout with the suspect in Montgomery County.

Around 1:00 a.m. police responded to a 9-1-1 call from a home in the 2000 block of Cross Road. They found an armed man, identified as 32-year-old Leon Bailado, trying to kick in the back door.

Police say they repeatedly shouted for the man to drop his weapon. He allegedly turned and started firing at the officers. The officers fired back, hitting the suspect.

Officer Robert Davis, a 10-year veteran of the force, was shot once in his left leg. The suspect was shot multiple times by police.

Apparently the suspect had been involved in an earlier altercation in Philadelphia, where shots were also fired. During the previous incident the defendant had fired a shot and had said "This is the last night that you are going to live. If you try to run, I'll shoot you. If you call the police I'll have a shootout."

The suspect had then gone to the Abington address where the woman had attempted to take refuge at her parent's house. When he tried to kick in the back door the people inside called for police.

Both the suspect and police officer are being treated at Abington Memorial Hospital. The officer is listed in stable condition. Both are expected to survive.

Bailado is charged with the attempted murder of Officer Robert Davis, along with a number of related charges.

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