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August 30, 2015

Officer shot by possibly suicidal suspect in Delaware County

Bulletproof vest saves officer, according to police

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A police officer responding to a suicide call in Delaware County has returned home from the hospital after he was shot early Sunday morning, according to reports. 

The Delaware County Times reports that Ridley Park officer Mark Hanley was shot by an unidentified man through a door at the Mohawk Manor Apartments located on the 600 block of Mohawk Drive in Norwood after responding to the call around 1 a.m.

Hanley suffered wounds to his chest and leg, but was wearing his bulletproof vest which saved him, according to police. He was taken to Crozer Regional Trauma Center, according to NBC Philadelphia, and is expected to be fine.

Officers reportedly returned fire after Hanley was shot, and the suspect suffered at least one gunshot wound to the elbow. After backup was called and a standoff ensued, lasting about an hour, the suspect surrendered to police custody. 

Residents were evacuated from the apartment complex during the standoff, according to 6 ABC, and were let back into their homes around 6 a.m.

The suspect was taken to Taylor Hospital to be treated for his gunshot wound. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and weapons violations and remains held on $500,000 cash bail.