Two men were shot and killed during an encounter with Philadelphia police in Tioga earlier tonight.
The trouble started shortly after 6 p.m., when a woman approached two cops on Tioga Street near Sydenham and told them two men were fighting over a handgun in a nearby second-floor apartment, said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.
The officers dashed into the apartment and spotted the men, who were fighting for control of a .38-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver.
Vanore said the cops, both of whom work in Nicetown’s 39th District, ordered the men to drop the gun. They refused, and the officers each fired once.
One man, whose name was not released, was shot in the head and died at the scene, Vanore said. The other man, whose name also was witheld, was shot in the chest and taken to Temple Univeristy Hospital, where he died about 9:40 p.m.
Vanore said the cops, who were not injured, will be placed on desk duty pending an Internal Affairs investigation.