Wounded police officer treated and released, suspect critical and charged

WISSINOMING — The suspect in last week’s shooting of Philadelphia police officer Donald Revill has been identified as 54-year-old Walter Farrell from Frankford, and he was reported to be in critical condition after the incident.

The department reported events started at about 10am on Thursday, Nov. 21. That’s when officers responded to a radio call of a “person with a gun” around the 4100 block of Comly Street in Wissinoming.

Then, an officer saw a man fitting the description boarding a SEPTA route 56 bus around the 5900 block of Torresdale Avenue.

That officer told Police Radio and

“Two responding officers operating a marked patrol vehicle observed the bus at the intersection of Torresdale [Avenue] and Howell Street. 

“The officers positioned their vehicle in front of the bus.”

CHARGED: Walter Farrell, from Philadelphia Police Department

They boarded and saw the suspect,

“who produced a firearm and pointed it at the officers. The officers tactically retreated from the bus. The suspect male also exited the bus and began firing at the officers. The officers returned fire, striking the male several times throughout his body.”

At the same time, a third officer arrived and was shot in his right forearm. That officer, 37-year-old Donald Revill, had not fired a shot.

The 12-year veteran was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

Officer Donald Revill, from Philadelphia Police Department

Police took Farrell to the hospital, where he was placed in critical condition.

The District Attorney’s Office reports Farrell has since been released from the hospital and is being held without bail.

Farrell is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, assault of law enforcement officer, terroristic threats, violation of the Uniform Firearms Act and related charges.

The other officers were not injured.

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