Pa. Police Officer Shot Twice in Stomach in Gun Battle after Chase

Feb. 19, 2024
Chester Police Det. Steve Byrne was shot and wounded during an exchange of gunfire that erupted following a vehicle chase with a suspect, who was fatally shot in the incident.

By Joseph Wilkinson

Source New York Daily News

A suburban Philadelphia police officer who was wounded in a shootout is expected to make a full recovery, authorities said Sunday.

Steve Byrne of the Chester Police Department was shot twice in the stomach on Saturday afternoon, sources told local ABC affiliate WPVI.

“We are deeply saddened by yesterday’s events, but enormously grateful that Chester Police Detective Steve Byrne is expected to make a full recovery,” the Delaware County district attorney’s office wrote Sunday morning on Facebook.

Byrne began pursuing a vehicle around 3:30 p.m. in Chester, about 10 miles south of downtown Philly, WPVI reported. The chase continued from Chester into the neighboring borough of Upland and back into Chester. By the end, officers from both municipalities were involved.

The chaos ended when the suspect’s vehicle crashed and the driver hopped out.

“The police officer was trying to stop a vehicle that needed to be stopped from a prior incident,” Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer told WPVI. “As he attempted to pull that vehicle over, the vehicle driver got out of the car shooting his gun, firing at the police officer. The police officer returned fire, the officer was wounded.”

The suspect was killed in the exchange of gunfire. The person has not been publicly identified. Police were initially pursuing the vehicle because the suspect was wanted in a homicide investigation, according to the Delaware County Daily Times.

Officers from Upland and Chester both opened fire on the suspect, and police said they were still investigating exactly who fired the fatal shots.

“This is a sad day for the city of Chester, we do not like this type of crime,” Chester Mayor Stefan Roots told reporters. “To anyone who wants to challenge police officers in the line of duty: Don’t.”

Byrne was the third police officer to be shot in Delaware County in the past two weeks. Two cops were wounded while responding to a domestic incident in East Lansdowne on Feb. 7.

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