PHILADELPHIA - A suspect who shot an officer in his bulletproof vest early Wednesday before police killed him was wanted in a pregnant woman's slaying last year, the city's police commissioner said.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey would not release the suspect's name at a news briefing, saying authorities were still working to notify the man's family.
The 17-year veteran SWAT officer was part of a team of officers serving an arrest warrant for the woman's murder. The suspect grabbed a gun, ran, then spun and fired at police after they entered his apartment at about 6:10 a.m., Ramsey said.
The vest the officer was wearing had an extra-long flap covering his lower abdomen, which likely saved the officer's life, the commissioner said.
The unidentified officer, who had been shot on duty once before, was wearing the special vest because he's on the SWAT team, Ramsey said.
Police returned fire, striking the suspect. He died about 40 minutes later at Aria Health Torresdale Hospital, where Ramsey later addressed the media.
The officer, who has two children, has a "nasty bruise" but should be OK, Ramsey said.
According to CBS Philly, authorities later said that the officer was released from the hospital a few hours later.