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Philadelphia shooting leaves suspect dead; officer grazed in head

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PHILADELPHIA — A police officer was grazed by a bullet in an exchange of gunfire that left a suspect dead early Tuesday in northeast Philadelphia, authorities said.

Officers responding to a report of a person with a gun in the city's Tacony section shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday spotted 29-year-old David Ellis, who began firing at several officers as soon as they arrived, hitting a police van, authorities said.

Officer Steve Korpalski, a 14-year-veteran, was grazed in the left side of his head by a bullet. He was treated at Einstein Medical Center and released several hours later, officials said.

Commissioner Charles Ramsey called him "very fortunate," adding that "a half-inch over and we'd be planning a funeral now."

Police said the officer and others returned fire, hitting Ellis multiple times, and he was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Ellis' weapon was recovered at the scene, where yellow evidence markers dotted the street marking bullets, shell casings and fragments.

"It's something that unfortunately does happen periodically," Ramsey told reporters. "We have some pretty brazen criminals, and our officers, that's what we do — we send them in harm's way. We put them in the toughest areas to go after the people that are causing a lot of harm out here in our community."

Ramsey said all police shootings are investigated by city prosecutors, and he said it would also be looked at by officials from the U.S. Department of Justice. Ramsey last year asked the department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services to secure funding and assistance for a review of Philadelphia police practices, training and policies on police-related shootings.

Ramsey said he knew that the attention of many in the nation has been focused on a police officer's shooting of an unarmed suspect in Missouri, but he hoped that would not affect the view of the Philadelphia case.

"I would hope that people would view these incidents that occur individually and not make snap judgments when it comes to determining whether an officer used force properly or not," he told WCAU-TV.

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