November 19, 2015
A SEPTA police officer involved in a struggle with a suspected vandal went into cardiac arrest Thursday while making an arrest, officials said.
SEPTA authorities said that a 47-year-old sergeant, who has not been identified, witnessed a suspect committing an act of vandalism in Center City around 9:30 a.m., 6 ABC reports.
A spokeswoman for SEPTA said a struggle ensued when the sergeant attempted to arrest the suspect. After the man was handcuffed, the sergeant, an 18-year veteran at SEPTA, reportedly collapsed to the ground.
The sergeant was rushed to Hahnemann Hospital to be treated for cardiac arrest. He was listed in stable condition Thursday afternoon but remained at the hospital for observation.
SEPTA Chief of Police tweeted Thursday afternoon that the sergeant is expected to recover from the incident.
Great news. Hahnemann Hospital is the best. Our Sergeant is going to be okay. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.— Thomas J. Nestel III (@TNestel3) November 19, 2015
The vandalism suspect faces several charges including aggravated assault and resisting arrest.