Chris Dorman: Brave Folcroft Officer Who Was Shot Seven Times in 2016 Involved in a Recent Shooting

Chris Dorman and other officials in Folcroft, Pennsylvania are on the lookout for two men wanted for their involvement in a police-involved shooting on May 21. 

According to officials, Chester City authorities were searching for a car that was involved in a homicide shooting earlier that day.

Chris Dorman and his partner found the car at around 4:20 p.m., on the 1100 block of Taylor Drive. According to sources, the suspects got out of the vehicle, and one pointed a gun at the officers.

Dorman fired two shots at the armed man, but it is unclear if the suspect was hit by the bullet. Officials claim that neither officer was injured in the incident.

Chief Bob Ruskowski explained that the armed suspect returned fire, and both headed towards Carter Road.

The suspects are described as being two African-American men who fled on foot. One suspect’s image was released, with added details of him facing charges of attempted homicide of an officer.

Confused residents stood outside watching the incident unfold. Folcroft police asked those in the Delmar Village area to stay indoors as the investigation continues. 

They are urging individuals to call 911 if they see anything suspicious.

Chris Dorman Was Shot Seven Times in 2016

Dorman was shot several times on June 24, 2016, while working on a drug investigation. Donte Brooks Island, a.k.a. Abdul Wahi, shot the officer, and pleaded guilty to the crime last year. He was sentenced to 33 to 100 years behind bars.

The shooting took place behind an apartment complex in the 1500 block of Elmwood Street at around 10:00 a.m. Dorman, 25 at the time, responded to a call about a man possibly dealing drugs. 

Upon arriving at the scene, Dorman confronted the suspect who, after a struggle, removed his gun and fired seven shots at the officer. Dorman then called 911 about his injuries.

Dorman was shot once in the face, four times in the chest, once in the leg, and once in the groin. He was airlifted to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. Officials believe that Dorman’s bulletproof vest saved his life. 

After Monday’s incident, Ruskowski said, “[He was] shot seven times and he’s back to work within several months and he wants to work. What more can I say. All my guys are good but he wants to work and he’s not afraid to get involved as you can see.”

Colleagues Describe Chris Dorman as an Exceptional Officer

At the age of 16, Dorman joined Folcroft’s volunteer fire department, which he continued to assist for 10 years. In June 2015, he became a police officer. His father, George Dorman Jr., is a former Folcroft Borough councilman. 

 Chris Dorman with Father

Chris Dorman with Father George Dorman Jr. (George Dorman Jr./

His fellow officers described Dorman as a “good guy” with “a great sense of humor.” When he was shot two years ago, Dorman was about to learn if he received a promotion to becoming a SEPTA police officer.

A GoFundMe Page Was Set Up 

A part-time officer in 2016, Dorman split his time between two Delaware County police departments. Because of this, he did not have a benefits plan. To help pay his medical bills and insurance expenses, Amanda Viglione started a GoFundMe page to raise money for the officer. The goal was to raise $60,000, and the community came together to raise $63,700.

An Auto Team Customized Chris Dorman’s Jeep

Dorman’s act of heroism in 2016 inspired many in the community. When he was being released from the hospital, many law enforcement officials in the area gathered together, and saluted Dorman as he made his way to address the media. 

Chris Dorman's Jeep

Chris Dorman’s Jeep (George Dorman Jr./

When the team at ExtremeTerrain and Southern Delaware Jeep Club learned that Dorman was shot seven times, they decided to give him a pleasant surprise.

They worked with Dorman’s father, as well as local police and fire departments, to give his jeep a major overhaul. In total, they spent almost $25,000 to modify the officer’s jeep, and surprised him with it after he was released from the hospital.