Police who pulled over a car riddled with bullet holes in the city's Nicetown section late Thursday night ended up shooting one of its occupants after investigators say the man leveled a loaded gun at the officers.
Two officers were on patrol near Erie Avenue and Carlisle Street around 11 p.m. when they spotted a Mercury Grand Marquis with its back window shot out and at least two other bullet holes in it driving in the area, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. The cops followed the car and pulled it over a few blocks away, near Germantown Avenue and Pike Street.
When the car was stopped, Small said, the passenger, a 40-year-old man, jumped out with a gun in his hand. The car sped off, and cops chased the man on foot before he turned and pointed the gun at them, Small said, prompting them to fire several shots at him, wounding him in the torso and legs.
He was taken to Temple University Hospital in critical condition. Small said the suspect dropped his loaded gun when he was shot, and cops recoverd it at the scene.