Police shoot man suspected in double homicide of his wife and mother-in-law in Philly

Police shoot husband suspected in double homicide. The man has been hospitalized.

The husband of one of two women killed in a double homicide Friday night in Holmesburg was shot by Philadelphia police about two hours later after he allegedly pulled a gun on officers who had chased him into Montgomery County, police said Saturday.

The 44-year-old man, whose identity has not been revealed, has been arrested in connection with the killing of his wife and mother-in-law, police said. He is in stable condition at Abington Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the right arm, according to a police statement that did not include the charges he faces or the identities of his alleged victims.

The vehicle chase started in Northeast Philadelphia and ended with the shooting of the suspect in Lower Moreland Township, Montgomery County.

According to police, officers responding to a call in the 3400 block of Chippendale Street around 7:30 p.m. Friday found a 42-year-old woman and her 71-year-old mother, each shot in the head. The younger woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her mother was transported to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at 8:07.

Police said they learned that the younger woman’s husband had shot both women and had fled in a silver Nissan Rogue.

Shortly after 9:30 p.m., two highway patrol officers saw a vehicle matching that description at Verree and Red Lion Roads and initiated a pursuit, joined by two more officers, police said.

Once in Lower Moreland, the Rogue stopped in the parking lot of  SEPTA’s Bethayres train station in the 500 block of Station Avenue. The driver got out pointing a handgun at the officers, who all fired their weapons, striking him in the arm, according to the police statement.

The man got back into the Rogue and was arrested, police said. A Bersa 9mm gun, loaded with two rounds, was found in the vehicle, police said.

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