Pennsylvania cop hospitalized after scuffle with suspect

Raquel Erhard – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E) – A 31-year-old police officer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who suffered a heart attack during a struggle with a suspect early Friday morning is now in a medically-induced coma.

According to Lt. John Stanford, the incident happened after Officer Michael Gwynn confronted the 34-year-old suspect, Havon Cooper, that he stopped for still unclear reasons along 7th and Louden Streets.

Officials told NBC10 that Gywnn called around 12:45 a.m., shortly before he lost consciousness.

Responding officers discovered Gywnn unconscious on top of the still struggling suspect and immediately conducted cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the injured officer.

Gwynn was taken to Einstein Medical Center where he is declared in stable condition while Cooper was treated for minor injuries before he was taken into custody.

Police are now investigating the reason why Gwynn halted Cooper.

Police Lieutenant Stafford said “Detectives are currently surveying the neighborhood for witnesses and anyone that may have video footage to help along in the investigation.”

Stanford added that Cooper has a record of robbery and assault, and has a warrant out for his arrest for failing to meet the terms of his probation.

Gwynn, who is a four-year veteran of the force, is a husband and father of two.

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