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Philadelphia Police officer shot in Tacony, suspect shot dead by officers

A Philadelphia Police officer was wounded in a shooting in Tacony just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, a police source has confirmed.

Philadelphia Police officer shot in Tacony, suspect shot dead by officers

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A Philadelphia Police officer was wounded in a shooting in Tacony just before 1 a.m. Tuesday, a police source has confirmed.

Preliminary information indicates that shots were fired on Ditman Street near Levick around 12:45 a.m., and that an officer was hit, according to the source. At least two officers returned fire and fatally wounded the suspect, according to preliminary information.

Police were also holding the area of Magee and Torresdale avenues -- about a block and a half from Ditman and Levick -- as a scene, but it was unclear early Tuesday morning if that was the location where the suspect was shot, or if the scene there was being held for another reason related to the shooting.

The wounded officer's condition was not immediately known, but preliminary information from sources indicated that he was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center. A police source said he was alert and talking as he was being taken to the hospital, and that he may have suffered a graze wound to the head.

The gun believed to have been used by the suspect was recovered by police at the scene, according to a police source.

The shooting remained under investigation early Tuesday morning. The circumstances leading up to it were unclear in the immediate aftermath.

- Morgan Zalot

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