Off-duty Philly officer shot while shielding son from gunfire

Angelo Romero and his 2-year-old son were caught in the crossfire


By Police1 Staff

PHILADELPHIA —  An off-duty officer was shot Friday while shielding his two-year-old son from gunfire. 

Officer Angelo Romero was walking in a neighborhood with his son when a group of armed suspects opened fire at each other, NBC10 reported.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross told the news station the suspects are between 15- and 18-years-old. 

Romero was shot in the hand. 

Officials said Romero was unarmed and was not the intended target. His son was not injured.

"He was just so, so lucky. We are so glad that his 2-year-old was not struck and that he took immediate action to protect his son," Ross said.

Romero is recovering and is expected to be OK.

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