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Man Acquitted Of Attempted Murder Of Philadelphia Officer

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A man has been acquitted of attempted murder but convicted of aggravated assault in a shooting that injured a Philadelphia police officer.

Jurors deliberated for about nine hours from Friday to Tuesday before reaching a verdict in the case against 33-year-old Eric Torres.

Torres was also convicted of weapon and drug counts but acquitted of receiving stolen property in the August 2013 shooting that followed a traffic stop in north Philadelphia.

Police said a 41-year-old officer was shot as he struggled with the suspect and suffered kidney damage and a severed artery.

Defense attorneys vowed an appeal. They called the shooting an accident that occurred during a struggle and said their client's hands weren't free so he couldn't have pulled the trigger or aimed at anyone.

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