Police Officer Edward Davies, who was shot and wounded while on duty in North Philadelphia's 25th District more than a month ago, was released from Temple University Hospital today, the Daily News has learned.
Davies, 41, a six-year veteran and father of four, was involved with a struggle with an armed convicted felon, 31-year-old Eric Torres, inside a mini market at the corner of 4th and Annsbury streets in Feltonville the afternoon of Aug. 13 when police say Torres pulled a gun and shot Davies in the abdomen under his ballistic vest.
Davies, critically wounded, was rushed to Temple Univeristy Hospital, where he remained until his release today. Davies underwent multiple surgeries for his injuries, including having a kidney removed.
Torres, who had 12 prior arrests, including five assaults on police, according to authorities, was arrested immediately after the shooting. Police at the time said he had fled to the store from a few blocks away after another officer pulled over his car. Davies was the first to arrive at the mini market and came face-to-face with Torres -- and the .45-caliber Glock he was toting, which had been reported stolen in June of last year.