A Philadelphia police officer killed his former girlfriend and wounded her daughter after she filed a protection from abuse order against him.
Stephen Rozniakowski, 32, had just called his department to notify them that he would be resigning before he went to the house of ex-girlfriend Valerie Morrow and fatally shot her. Morrow and Rozniakowski had not dated in years, but the protection order she filed against him was served the night of the shooting.
The former cop reportedly opened fire on Morrow and her teenage daughter inside their home in Glenolden before being shot himself by another off-duty officer thought to be Morrow’s husband. Morrow’s daughter was shot but her injuries are “not life threatening,” according to Raw Story. The suspect, who was taken to the hospital for treatment after being shot, may have been wearing a bullet-proof vest during the incident.
Rozniakowski, an officer with the Colwyn Borough Police Department, was charged earlier this year with 25 counts of stalking and 50 counts of harassment in a case involving his ex-fiance, who also filed a protection order. Authorities said he called, texted and emailed the woman thousands of times over the course of 7 months.
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Rozniakowski had been put on administrative leave after the charges were filed in March, and was due in court this week. The Delaware County Daily Times reported that the now-former officer was out on $100,000 unsecured bail when the shooting occurred.