Pennsylvania police officer shot 7 times expected to be released from hospital

A Pennsylvania police officer who was shot seven times as he was conducting a drug investigation is set to be released from a Philadelphia hospital Wednesday.

Folcroft police Officer Christopher Dorman was shot Friday as he approached people suspected of smoking marijuana behind an apartment building. The shooting prompted a lengthy manhunt.

Dorman was shot in the face, leg and groin. His police vest deflected several more shots that could have been life-threatening, police said.

The suspect, Donte Island, has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault in the shooting.

Island had served about nine years in federal prison on a gun conviction before his release in 2013. His parole officer requested an arrest warrant and revocation hearing in September after Island repeatedly tested positive for marijuana, which he said he used for stress, court records show. But the officer then had trouble finding Island at his listed Folcroft address, and there’s no sign the hearing occurred.

Island was arrested at the same address, an apartment house near the railroad tracks, Friday afternoon after police who had surrounded the building for several hours entered the unit.

A GoFund Me Account has been set up to help with Officer Dorman’s medical expenses.

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