Sunday, December 28, 2014

Police fatally shoot armed man in North Philadelphia

Police fatally shot a 19-year-old man in North Philadelphia Tuesday night after he pointed a weapon at police, authorities said.

Police fatally shoot armed man in North Philadelphia

Police fatally shot a 19-year-old man in North Philadelphia Tuesday night after he pointed a weapon at police, authorities said.

Police said shortly after 7:30 p.m., 22nd District officers tried to stop a 2001 Buick LeSabre in the area of 17th Street and Glenwood Avenue. The driver refused to stop, but was spotted by a police helicopter, which followed the car. Authorities said the the driver lost control and struck a minivan with five people inside on Glenwood Avenue, but kept going losing control again and hitting a wall, causing the car to stop.

As officers pulled up behind the car, police said, two suspects -- both 19-year-old males -- got out of the car. The passenger pointed a gun towards the officers, prompting police to shoot him multiple times in the torso area. The suspect was taken to Temple University Hospital and pronounced dead at 7:56 p.m. Police did not release his name.

The driver of the car fled, but was caught moments later and taken into custody. His name also has not been released.

Police said they recovered a loaded semi-automatic handgun from the man shot by police, along with a loaded revolver found on the floor of the LeSabre.

No officers were injured, and police said the occupants of the minivan were also unharmed.

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