City of Philadelphia to provide updates on Fourth of July shooting at injured two police officers

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — City officials plan to update their knowledge of the shooting that injured two police officers on Ben Franklin Parkway during Philadelphia’s Fourth of July celebrations.

Action News has learned the two officers were standing at the foot of the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but not next to each other, when the shots were fired.

Investigators are working to determine if the shooting was intentional or perhaps a ricochet of celebratory gunfire.

They are also investigating the possibility that the bullets could have been fired from a long distance.

A press conference with city officials is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Around 9:45 p.m. Monday, the two officers were working as a security detail for the Wawa Welcome America Party on the parkway when they were attacked.

John Foster, the Montgomery County sheriff’s deputy assigned to the Bomb Squad Task Force, suffered a abrasion to his shoulder.

A law enforcement source says Deputy Foster thought someone slapped him on the back. Until another officer looked at him, saw the blood and told him he had been shot.

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They then looked over at Sergio Diggs, the Philadelphia police officer, and saw blood running down his face.

Both were treated and discharged from the hospital.

Sources tell Action News that a second bullet was found at the scene.

The bullet matches the first one found in Officer Diggs’ hat, sources said.

City council members say it’s time to double down. Calling for more police support, expanding drone and surveillance technology, and supporting legal stop and search interactions.

This comes as the city looks ahead to the Made in America Festival later this summer.

The Fraternal Order of Police has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the shooter.

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