Philly officer suffers heart attack in scuffle

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 1, 2012 at 10:43 am •  Published: December 1, 2012
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A police officer who suffered a heart attack after chasing down a suspect in Philadelphia is alive thanks to two fellow officers.

Thirty-one-year-old Michael Gwynn was stricken early Friday. He's stabilized but in a medically-induced coma and police said it appears he and the suspect got into a violent struggle.

Officers Jeffrey Lendzinski and Timothy Straus arrived to find Gwynn collapsed on top of the man. They began performing CPR and rushed Gwynn to a hospital.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Gwynn's heart stopped beating at one point but his colleagues revived him.

Authorities said the suspect, 34-year-old Havon Cooper, was treated for minor injuries and taken into police custody. They said he has a record of robbery and assault and has an outstanding arrest warrant for a probation violation.


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