Cops kill gun-wielding bicyclist after pursuit and tussle

Police shot and killed a bicyclist who allegedly pointed a loaded gun at them as they tried to stop him in West Philadelphia for questioning late last night.

The two officers tried to stop the 35-year-old man, whose name hasn't been released, at 61st and Arch streets at 11:46 p.m. Sunday, said police spokesman Lt. John Stanford.

"They were attempting to stop him in relation to another incident," said Stanford, who didn't have details on that incident.

The biker instead fled, and the cops caught up to him at 61st and Market streets, Stanford said. A "violent struggle" ensued "with the male maintaining control over the handgun," Stanford said. One officer fired three times, hitting the man in the chest, and the man was declared dead at the scene. Police recovered a loaded .45-caliber handgun at the scene, Stanford added.

The officer who fired the shots was placed on desk duty while Internal Affairs investigates, as is standard policy in police-involved shootings.

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