Family of shot Philadelphia cop thanks public, police
PHILADELPHIA - August 16, 2013 (WPVI) -- The family of a Philadelphia police officer who was shot and wounded in the line of duty this week released a statement thanking the public and the police family for their support.
Officer Edward Davies, 41, was shot during a struggle with a suspect on Tuesday. He is in critical but stable condition at Temple University Hospital.
Davies has undergone a series of surgeries, including one to remove his kidney to stop internal bleeding. Another surgery, his fourth, is scheduled for Saturday.
In the statement, his family said "We would like to express our thankfulness to all of those who are sending good wishes, prayers and support to Ed and to our family at this very trying time. Ed is a wonderful father and husband and a dedicated police officer who loves his job."
It went on to say, "We would like to thank the members of the larger community, the members of the Philadelphia Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police. We are especially thankful and cannot express enough the support we have received from Ed's fellow officers in the 25th Police District; they are truly an extension of our family. "
"We ask for your continued prayers and support for Ed and all police officers," it concluded.
Meanwhile, the Fraternal Order of Police said there will be Healing Mass in honor of Officer Davies on Saturday, August 17th at 5:00 p.m. at Christ the King RC Church, Morrell Avenue and Chesterfield Road, Philadelphia.
This comes as the outpouring of physical and spiritual support continues to flow in from colleagues and the community.
On Friday morning, it was the cadets at the Police Academy who answered the call to donate blood. They lined up and rolled up their sleeves in symbolic show of support for Officer Davies who lost so much blood after he was shot.
"We saw a strong turnout yesterday and we collected more than 100 units of blood over our goal and we continue to see a strong turnout today," said Anthony Torenetta of the American Red Cross.
On Thursday, dozens of officers - led by Davies' entire squad from the 25th District - donated blood at Temple University.
Officer Davies was shot in the abdomen during a struggle with a suspect who had fled a routine car stop Tuesday morning.
The man who allegedly shot him, Eric Torres, is in custody and is also being questioned in connection with the murder of a Fairhill man in June.
Police recovered the gun he allegedly used to shoot the officer and found another gun when they searched his house.
Police are now testing those guns to see if they can be connected to any other unsolved crimes.
Investigators also found a large quantity of heroin packaged and ready for sale in the house. In addition, police sources say, investigators found a stash of heroin in the BMW he was driving at the time.
Torres is charged with attempted murder and a host of other crimes.
Police sources say he's refusing to talk.
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