Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Police: Man who shot his aunt fatally wounded by cops after pointing gun

A man who police say shot and badly wounded his aunt in Harrowgate Wednesday night was fatally shot by police responding to the shooting, after authorities say he leveled his gun at officers.

Police: Man who shot his aunt fatally wounded by cops after pointing gun

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A man who police say shot and badly wounded his aunt in Harrowgate Wednesday night was fatally shot by police responding to the shooting, after authorities say he leveled his gun at officers.

Police were called to Braddock Street near Schiller at 7:39 p.m. and found the man's aunt, 36, lying on the sidewalk in front of a house bleeding heavily from several gunshot wounds to the torso. As police and medics were helping the woman, witnesses on the block pointed to the house and said her nephew, who allegedly shot her, was inside, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

The man then came to the door of the house and leveled his gun at police, Small said. Cops ordered him several times to drop the weapon, but he did not comply, prompting three officers to open fire on him, wounding him at least once through the arm and into the torso.

“This guy's within feet of officers, and he decides to point his gun at police,” Small said.

The man collapsed just inside the house, still gripping the gun with his right hand. Police moved him outside and medics worked on him, but he was pronounced dead there at 8:13 p.m. Small said his gun was recovered at the scene.

The woman was taken to Temple University Hospital in critical condition, but was upgraded to stable condition by 11 p.m. No police or civilians were injured in the shooting.

Small said police hadn't determined the identity of the man they shot and killed, but that they received information that he was between 19 and 22 years old. Investigators said it was unclear what led him to shoot his aunt.

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