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UPDATE: Plymouth Police Officer Bradley Fox Killed in Line of Duty

The 34-year-old Iraq veteran leaves behind an expectant wife and young daughter.

[Fund for the family of Officer Brad Fox: Fox Children's Fund; C/O Continental Bank; 661 W. Germantown Pike; Plymouth Meeting. M-Th 9-5, Fri 9-6]

A Plymouth Township Police officer was killed in the line of duty Thursday. 

Bradley Fox, 34, a K9 officer and seven-year veteran of the force, was shot in the head at about 6:00 p.m. by an unidentified suspect in the vicinity of Conshohocken Road and Ernest Station Road, near the Schuylkill River Trail. 

The suspect, whom Fox had been pursuing following a hit-and-run accident, was also killed. It is unclear who fired those fatal shots. Fox's canine partner, Nick, was shot and wounded but survived, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman said Thursday night. 

Fox, who served two tours of duty in Iraq, would have turned 35 years old on Friday. He leaves behind a wife and young daughter and was expecting a child. 

Plymouth Township Chief of Police Joseph Lawrence called Fox a hero and said his death was a "senseless, senseless act for a car accident."

Fox is the first member of the Plymouth Township Police Department to be killed in the line of duty. A memorial page on Facebook had already more than 4,400 followers late Thursday night.

Ferman said the deceased subject was believed to be the only suspect in the case and that the public was not in "imminent danger." An investigation was ongoing late Thursday night at the crime scene.

Police units from all over the region poured into the area in the hour after Fox's shooting was reported on county public safety radio. As police combed the mostly industrial stretch of land between Conshohocken Road and the Schuykill River, a vigil formed outside Montgomery Hospital, where Fox had been transported. Colleagues, friends, and nearby residents thronged the entrance of the hospital. Lawrence arrived at about 7:30 p.m. and lingered outside the hospital to speak with and console some of the people who'd gathered before going inside.

Later in the evening, following Ferman's confirmation of his death, Fox's body was removed from the hospital and transported from the scene by a coroner's vehicle, which was escorted away by an honor guard as onlookers saluted [see video]. 

Plymouth Township police will be off duty through at least September 19. Volunteers to cover their shifts were being solicited from other police forces around the region on Thursday night.

Earlier story and updates follow.

Update 9:33 p.m. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman has confirmed the death of Plymouth Township Police Officer Bradley Fox. Fox's K9 partner was also shot but is expected to survive.

Ferman said this Fox is the first Plymouth Township police officer to die in the line of duty.

Update 9:08 p.m. The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that the officer who was wounded is in critical condition.

Update 8:47 p.m. A representative of the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety said that residents in the vicinity of the shooting are not at risk at this time, calling the situation "safe."

The representative would not confirm whether a search for suspects is still underway in the area.

We continue to await a statement from Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman.

Officers and area residents continue to gather outside Montgomery Hospital, where the wounded officer was taken and, according to numerous sources, reportedly died. Editor James Myers describes the mood as "somber."

Update 8:00 p.m. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman is expected to give a statement to the media shortly at a location near the scene.

SEPTA service to and from Norristown was suspended minutes after the shooting was first reported.

A search for an indeterminate number of additional suspects continues in the vicinity.

Update 7:41 p.m. Plymouth Township police chief Joseph Lawrence has reportedly arrived at Montgomery Hospital, where the injured officer was transported. He paused outside the hospital to speak with and console other emergency responders.

Update 7:20 p.m. Breaking News Network is reporting that both the injured police officer and the wounded subject have died.

This information is extremely preliminary. We are attempting to obtain confirmation from an official police source.

Update 7:08 p.m. A body-armored police tactical unit and armored vehicle have entered the area.

There was a report a short time ago that Pennsylvania State Police officers assisting in the search area heard additional gun shots, but this has not been corrorborated. Patch editor Kyle Bagenstose, who is a few hundred feet from the initial scene, said he could hear no additional shots.

Whitemarsh and Whitpain police units are reportedly covering Plymouth's other police calls at this time.

Update 6:58 p.m. Breaking News Network reported that the injured police officer is 30 years old and that the injured suspect may have been fatally wounded.

There are possible additional suspects in the area. Police units from as far away as Cheltenham are assisting in the search.

Update 6:38 p.m. Sources tell Patch that a suspect has been located just 20 yards from the initial scene. He is reportedly also shot. We are attempting to get official confirmation.

Initial story below.

Numerous reports are coming in of an officer shot in Plymouth Township.

The incident reportedly took place along Conshohocken Road in the Township. The roadway is being shut down between Ridge Pike and Conshohocken Borough.

We are unable to confirm a report by the @MontcoAlerts Twitter feed that the officer was shot in the head.

Police are searching for a suspect described as a light-skinned black male with a thin build, shorts, and a light-colored t-shirt.

The suspect is being described as armed and dangerous.

Avoid the area. Police from many surrounding areas are en route to the area to assist in the search. Multiple police K9 units are being enlisted in the search.

The scene is a short distance from the complex where Montgomery County police and fire personnel conduct training.

We have a reporter near the scene. We'll update this article as more information becomes available.

* Photos courtesy of Patch reader Kristian Konetzny.

Information from Montgomery County public safety radio broadcasts was used in this report.

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Susan Matey September 14, 2012 at 01:23 AM
How sad,they need to catch the rest of the scum bags all over a hit and run,you know these piece's of shits were up to no good if they kill a cop for a hit and run.where are the morals of people I just don't understand how you can just shoot someone ....Rest in peace officer Fox and prayers to the police dept and his Family.....
Mike September 14, 2012 at 01:27 AM
well said, susan.
monkeySEEmonkeyDO September 14, 2012 at 01:31 AM
This seems to be a growing trend that chills me to the bone... I can't believe this happened!
JuvCourtLifer September 14, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Savages....
AJ September 14, 2012 at 01:47 AM
This is so tertible...first Plymouth Police Officer to die in the line of duty. Keep these thugs out of here. Thanks to all the officers that keep us safe. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and this town.
Rita Hayworth September 14, 2012 at 01:53 AM
So sad. Prayers for Officer Fox, his friends and his family. Hope his killer is warming up in hell right now..tired of all of these hoodlums in the suburbs. Go back to Philly!
jim schall September 14, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I can't believe this is happening in our back yards. Be in peace my brother justice will be done.
Kim McDonnell September 14, 2012 at 01:59 AM
I will be waiting for the name of the suspect who killed officer Fox I truly feel sad for the officers family friends and Plymouth police department
Todd J Thomas September 14, 2012 at 03:24 AM
So is the K-9 partner his dog or another officer?
Laura Renninger September 14, 2012 at 03:28 AM
From all of us at Gus Butera's Barber Shop, our thoughts and prayers go out to the Fox family, and to the Plymouth Township Police family and surrounding communities. May the love of those around you help you through this devistating time. Thank you for all you do. May God bless you all.
Eric W September 14, 2012 at 03:31 AM
I am happy to hear the suspect was shot and killed. Why the hell did this suspect shoot the officer?
David Powell (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 04:10 AM
His dog, Todd. Thanks for pointing out the imprecise copy. I've fixed it.
Sunshine September 14, 2012 at 04:32 AM
God please be with the family and loved ones of Officer Fox. May he RIP
OMG September 14, 2012 at 11:11 AM
I am very saddened to hear ANOTHER officer was shot and killed reardless of whether they were in the line of duty or not. I am so tired of these punks pulling out guns for no reason when they shouldn't even have one to begin with. It's sick and I am so sorry for his family. I am also glad to hear the suspect is out of hear. A traffic stop, really???
BridgetS September 14, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Please let us know if there is a way to donate to his family. This young hero still has a baby on the way and I would love to be able to do something to help his wife.
Brian September 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM
My family and I got to meet Officer Fox and his K9 partner not too long ago when they did a demonstration in West Norriton. One of the nicest guys I ever met and now he's gone because of some cowardly asshole who deserves to burn in hell for the rest of eternity! I only talked to Brad for maybe 10 minutes and yet I feel like I've lost a close friend. RIP Brad!
tiredoftheviolence September 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM
People getting shot left and right in Norristown and now a Plymouth Police Officer shot. This needs to stop! He would have been 35 yrs old today if not for the immorality of one more thug! Rest in Peace Officer Fox and may God watch over your loved ones.
Brian September 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Sorry, East Norriton.
lisa September 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM
i am sorry about lost for police and his family and friends , rip.
Love25 September 14, 2012 at 04:43 PM
This officer deserves to be alive and with his family, celebrating his birthday. He is a hero to us all, my heart goes out to everyone that knew him. It is tragic and senseless. Rest in Peace Officer Fox. You will be missed dearly.
Juanelle York September 14, 2012 at 05:08 PM
It's sad to hear the extent that this incident ballooned to.. My father is a police officer and I worry about his well being every day... It's funny because people are so” against” law enforcement, but as soon as they have something happen to them who it's the first people they call? SMH... R.I.P Officer Fox.. And to his family my deepest condolences..
Chef Keith Taylor September 14, 2012 at 08:03 PM
We are still shocked at the news. Even more shocked that this escalated from a traffic incident, to the shooting death of an officer. A man with a family and a child on the way. All I can do is shake my head at this moment and pray for his wife. Every customer here is a part of our team at Zachary's BBQ. The crew at Plymouth PD, firemen and EMT's have been stopping by the shop since the day we opened. Our staff, my wife and I serve them almost daily and it makes us terribly sad to hear this news. Law enforcement and first responders have a thankless job. Officer Fox gave his life in exchange for a coward's senseless act. My prayers go to Brad's family and his brothers in law enforcement. I know God has a special place in heaven prepared for him.
The Illuminati September 14, 2012 at 08:14 PM
RIP Officer Fox. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten! Semper Fi.
Shirley ferguson September 14, 2012 at 08:50 PM
My heart goes out to this officers family ! This is a tragic loss it proves that violen e has no location ! It's all over
Ave Turnbull September 14, 2012 at 08:56 PM
You will not be forgotten!!! you & all the other Officers,Fire fighters etc,who keep us all safe. This is an outrage,its got to stop... The families lives of this officer will be changed forever. Please Rest in Peace...
Nicholas Carlomagno September 14, 2012 at 11:19 PM
To the family of officer Fox.I am so sorry and so deeply saddened for your loss.and to the Plymouth Police my heart and prayers are with all of you.
Belinda Carter September 15, 2012 at 12:58 AM
He lived through the war in the middle east, only to have his precious young life end in the United States. No words can possibly express the pain and hurt that the wife, child, mother, father and siblings, and Plymouth Twp Police are feeling. No that he awoken in the arms of our creator and God has welcome him home. Your hearts are broken, and your pain is great. I want you to know that you are not alone in your grief. A whole community grieves with you, and Officer Fox, you will never be forgotten ......Thank you for your duty to our country, and thank you, for your duty to the community...My you rest in peace
Richard Irwin September 15, 2012 at 07:33 AM
My deepest sympathies to the family of Officer Fox and the Plymouth Police Department. This tragedy may have occurred on the other side of the pond but we are all still brothers in uniform and feel the loss. Rich, Police Dog Handler Devon, UK.
Donna Kennedy September 16, 2012 at 05:30 PM
My thought and prayers are with the family during this sorrowful time. Remember to celebrate his life with his memories, especially for the new one on its way to life! No words can really comfort his spouse and child at this time. Only time will make the pain fade, but never really goes away completely. He will live on in your hearts! Donna K
Donna Kennedy September 16, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Again, as I stated above, your husband and father of your children, will live on in your heart! My deepest sympathy - Donna K.

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