Residents in a humble Port Richmond witnessed a rare scene on their block yesterday when a confrontation between two cops and two suspects, left one bad guy with a bullet in his stomach and a cop banged up.
Two 24th District cops responding to a call of an armed man, encountered two men in a red Pontiac van parked near Clearfield and Memphis streets, police said. When the cops, from the 24th District, with headquarters at Whitaker Avenue near
Erie, approached the vehicle, the suspects drove off and crashed into a tree a short distance away. Moments later, the passenger, identified by police as Israel Perez, tried to flee, but the responding officer caught up to him, and the two struggled over the officer’s gun, said spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore. During the struggle, rounds in gun’s magazine fell to the ground, but as the suspect tried to grab the weapon, a bullet in the chamber discharged, striking Perez him in the abdomen, said Vanore. The suspect was listed in stable condition at
Hospital . The officer wasn’t injured.