Police searching for man they say ambushed officers in shooting


UPDATED: 9/20/20, 11:35 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police are asking for help from the public to locate a man who they say ambushed police in a shooting that left two officers injured on Friday night. One of the officers was saved by his bulletproof vest.

28-year-old Jeffione Thomas is wanted for attempted murder in connection with the shooting that took place in East Mount Airy, around 8 p.m. Friday. He is described as a 5-foot-7 male, about 180 pounds with dreadlocks.

Police said three officers in an unmarked car were checking on a man on a bike, when he pulled out a gun and started shooting at them.

The officer drove off and then crashed into a fence. The gunman continued to fire into the car. One bullet went through the door and the seat, hitting the driving officer in his back. He was spared by his bulletproof vest.

The officers got out of the car and returned fire as a second shooter joined from further down the street. Several shots were fired before the two shooters eventually ran away, leaving behind the two injured officers. They are expected to be okay.

Police believe that Thomas was the man on the bike, and say he could be armed and dangerous. The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police has offered a $10,000 reward for any information leading to Thomas' arrest, and ask that anyone with knowledge about his whereabouts should call 911 or (215) 686-TIPS.