Philadelphia, PA (STL.News) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf visited the Philadelphia Police 39th District Station this morning to meet with some officers who protected the public last night as a gunman shot six of their fellow officers and held two others hostage. The governor will spend the day in Philadelphia and return to Harrisburg tomorrow to sign an executive order to increase gun violence prevention, which was postponed from today due to the shooting.
“It speaks volumes about the ability and bravery of these officers that they were able to resolve this terrible disturbance with no loss of life and today I offered the officers responding to the scene my full support for their heroic efforts in a difficult environment,” said Gov. Wolf. “I have been in constant contact with Philadelphia officials, including Philadelphia Police Commissioner Ross and Mayor Kenney, to provide any needed support to the department.
“I will continue to move forward with efforts to reduce gun violence to ensure that we are doing everything we can to prevent a situation like this from occurring again. This type of terror should never happen in our commonwealth.”
Gov. Wolf will participate in a press conference alongside Philadelphia Mayor Kenney and Police Commissioner Richard Ross at 2 p.m. today at City Hall. They are expected to be joined by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, State Sen. Sharif Street, State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta and City Council President Darrell Clarke.
Tomorrow, the governor will sign an executive order to help prevent gun violence by addressing community gun violence and mass shootings, among others, with both preventative and proactive programs.