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Ofc. Edward Davies improving after 3rd surgery; family expresses gratitude

By 69 News, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Aug 16 2013 11:14:47 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 16 2013 11:16:40 AM CDT
Philadelphia police Officer Edward Davies

Philadelphia Police Dept.

PHILADELPHIA -

A critically wounded Philadelphia police officer is improving after a third surgery, and police have determined the gun used to shoot him was stolen in a burglary last year at the home of a retired city officer.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey shared those details in updating the status of 41-year-old Ofc. Edward Davies, who remained at Temple University Hospital on Friday.

Eric Torres remained jailed on charges he fought with other officers and shot Davies on Tuesday after he allegedly sped away from a traffic stop that morning and was cornered in a store.

Torres, 31, faces a preliminary hearing Sept. 4 on attempted murder and other charges stemming from the confrontation, as well as drug dealing charges related to heroin allegedly found in his home later that day.

Meantime, Davies' family issued the following statement to the media on Friday:

"We would like to express our thankfulness to all of those who are sending good wishes, prayers and support to Ed and to our family at this very trying time.  

"Ed is a wonderful father and husband and a dedicated police officer who loves his job.  

"We are heartened and strengthened by the actions of those who have come forward to donate blood.  

We would like to thank the members of the larger community, the members of the Philadelphia Police Department and the Fraternal Order of Police.  

We are especially thankful and cannot express enough the support we have received from Ed's fellow officers in the 25th Police District; they are truly an extension of our family.  

Ed remains in serious condition so we are focused on supporting him; and we ask for your continued prayers and support for Ed and all police officers."