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06-24-08, 06:53 PM #1
Wounded and still fast, cop chases down suspect
Outstanding job by Officer Uffelman! Thoughts and prayers sent for a speedy recovery. Also, an excellent job done by Uffelman's partner, P/O Dave McAndrews.
A 29-year veteran police officer - whose father was an off-duty police officer killed during a carjacking in the 1970s - tackled a gunman who shot him in the arm during a robbery early this morning in South Philadelphia, police said.
Mark S. Uffelman, 52, who wears his father's badge and is a trophy-winning runner for the police department, kept pace as the gunman emptied all six bullets from a .38-caliber revolver.
"Even despite being shot, he took off running after this guy," said Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey. "It's just a tremendous job. It showed a lot of courage."
The gunman and an accomplice, both with lengthy criminal records in New Jersey, were taken into custody.
Police identified the man who allegedly shot Uffelman as Thabit Munir Rakin, 42, of Camden, who was paroled in 1996. He served time for the sexual assault and kidnapping of a stranded motorist in New Jersey, court records show.
The accomplice was identified as Jonathan Massa, 22, of Camden. Court records show he has been convicted of weapons and drug offenses and was released from prison in 2006.
Uffelman, who was rushed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where he was being treated for the gunshot wound, insisted that he call his mother himself, said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.
He wanted to assure his mother knew he was OK because he feared she would relive the phone call she received Oct. 13, 1978, when her husband, Charles Uffelman, was beaten to death during a carjacking while off-duty.
"He just didn't want her to think it was happening again," Vanore said.
Said Ramsey, "It's just better for the family to hear his voice."
Uffelman is recovering while authorities try to establish whether the two men arrested during this morning's robbery are connected to the fatal shooting of Beau Zabel, 23, with a 9 mm handgun. Zabel, an aspiring teacher from Minnesota, was robbed of his iPod last week in the same neighborhood.
Uffelman and his partner, Dave McAndrews, a 12-year veteran, were working a plain-clothes robbery detail near Eighth and Fitzwater Streets in response to Zabel's robbery and murder at Eighth and Ellsworth Streets.
The two officers, from the Third District, came upon a robbery in progress about 1:30 a.m., police said. The victim, a man in his 20s, was on his way home from a party and was being held up at gunpoint by two men, police said.
The gunmen fled and split apart after the officers jumped from their vehicle and announced they were police officers, Vanore said.
The officers first placed the victim in their police cruiser to keep him safe and attempted to give chase by vehicle before it turned into a foot pursuit. The victim begged that he not be left alone, police said.
Ramsey said Uffelman yelled to his partner to stay with the victim as he chased one of the men.
That's when the suspect spun and emptied the gun, striking Uffelman in the left arm, Ramsey said. Police said the bullet entered below Uffelman's elbow and exited on the opposite side, just above his elbow.
Uffelman continued the chase.
"He is in incredible shape," Ramsey said.
Speaking of the victim, Ramsey added: "I mean, of all people for him to try to run from." Uffelman, Ramsey said, "He still holds records over at the academy for mile runs and so forth."
Uffelman recovered a .38-caliber revolver after the chase, police said.
The other suspect was apprehended by the partner, McAndrews, shortly after police arrived. He was armed with a 9mm handgun that had 13 rounds in the clip and a live shot in the chamber, police said.
In the Zabel shooting, authorities have video from a nearby surveillance camera that captured the man they believe was the gunman. He is seen tucking an object in his waistband while fleeing after Zabel was shot.
In the neighborhood, some people expressed concern, while others shrugged at the violence.
"It makes me nervous," said Emma Segal, 23. "You hear it everywhere else, but never here."
Mike Thomas D'Addesi said he's been a bartender at Vesuvio's restaurant at the corner of Eighth and Fitzwater for the last two years and he's seen nothing as bad as the last two incidents.
But, he added, "This is the city."
06-24-08, 07:28 PM #2
Good job, officers! Speedy recovery!\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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06-24-08, 08:28 PM #3
Outstanding job! But I bet this story won't be on CNN for the next two weeks like the ''Police Beating" that took place on the felony traffic stop of the murder suspects a month ago in Philly was. On second thought it might not make the network news at all. Stay in shape people, the life you save may be your own.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
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06-24-08, 08:32 PM #4
Tearjerking that he wears his dads badge...
I know who his angel is now!!!
Energy sent for a speedy recovery!!
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06-24-08, 08:34 PM #5
That, folks, is a for real hero. I would bet that he is one hell of a cop and has been for years.*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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06-25-08, 11:12 AM #6
Outstanding work!!!Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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06-25-08, 12:35 PM #7
Wow!!!!! Outstanding job there by one hell of an officer."An Unarmed man can only flee from evil, and evil is not overcome by fleeing from it." Jeff Cooper
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06-25-08, 01:34 PM #8
Great Job! Speedy recovery!
06-25-08, 03:41 PM #9
HERO! To say the least. I will bet that he is not one who sits around and complains of the poor working conditions, unfair pay scale, lousy work hours, uncomfortable patrol vehicles, etc. He and his partner are undoubtedly looked upon as hard chargers and capable LEOs with a great deal of pride and street moxie. My heart goes out to both of them and I pray that both continue long and productive lives.Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.
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06-25-08, 05:23 PM #10Officer First Class
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Hats off to this man. I think the dedication he shows to his father is honorable
06-25-08, 06:37 PM #11
Outstanding job, prayers for a speedy recovery. That is a perfect example of why staying in shape is important.
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06-25-08, 07:52 PM #12
Wow, that's amazing!
06-25-08, 08:03 PM #13
Exemplary job Here is for a speedy recovery. This especially hit home with me as I wear my dad's badge.
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06-25-08, 08:49 PM #14
I bet them scumbags thought RoboCop or Superman was after them
Hope he has a speedy recovery... Shouldn't be a problem considering that the bullet never stopped him in the first place!
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06-25-08, 09:27 PM #15
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