“I’m shot in the face!” was the horrifying call that came in from a 25-year-old police officer in Pennsylvania Friday morning. He survived seven bullets.
The officer, Chris Dorman, had responded to a report of people using drugs in the rear of an apartment building at the Folcroft Station Apartments, not far away from the town’s police station. The incident occurred around 9:45 a.m.
A drug dealer shot Dorman in the neck, face and shoulder. A bulletproof vest also stopped four other bullets, likely saving his life.
Dorman had joined the Folcroft police department last year as a part-time officer, and has been a volunteer fireman in the town since he was 16 years old.
Donte Brooks Island, also known as Abdul Wahi, was identified as the shooter. Island had served 110 months in jail for an illegal gun possession conviction and drug violations, and was one day away from the end of a three-year parole term. However, court records show that he stopped reporting to his parole officer last July, and missed five scheduled drug tests during the past 12 months.
Island (Wahi) will be charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and related offenses.
In his urgent call to a police dispatcher, Dorman is heard frantically yelling, “I’m shot in the face! I’m shot in the face.” Then, a few seconds later, he shouts again, “I’m shot! I’m shot! I’m shot!”
Additional officers arrived on the scene, and the suspect also shot at that officer, but was not hit.
A third officer managed to get Dorman into his police vehicle and rushed him to the hospital. He was then later taken by helicopter to Penn Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia. Police Chief Robert Ruskowski said he is in critical but stable condition.
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