Officer's Son Launches Standoff After Taking Gun

By Dan Stamm
|  Wednesday, May 15, 2013  |  Updated 12:49 PM EDT
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Some tense moments in West Philadelphia after a police officer's son, who is on house arrest, took his mother's gun and ran off. NBC10's Katy Zachry reports from near the home where police had him surrounded.

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Some tense moments in West Philadelphia after a police officer's son, who is on house arrest, took his mother's gun and ran off. NBC10's Katy Zachry reports from near the home where police had him surrounded.

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A dramatic standoff in West Philadelphia that featured the SWAT team surrounding and then entering a home all began when a police officer’s son took her gun early this morning, according to police.

The police officer was off-duty when her teenage son stole her gun, which the officer says was dissembled and hidden, from their Lansdowne, Pa. home, according to Philadelphia Police.

The unidentified Philadelphia Police Officer reported to the department that her son, who is on house arrest, stole her gun around midnight and went to his friend's house in West Philly.

NBC10 Philadelphia was first on the scene.

NBC10 cameras were the only ones to roll as police surrounded a home on the 5700 block of Lansdowne Avenue for nearly two hours. A SWAT officer in full gear could be seen knocking on the door of the home before officers entered the home around 6:30 a.m.

A short time later a young male was seen being led away from the home in handcuffs. Philadelphia and Lansdowne Police will work together on charging the teen.

It isn't clear what the officer's son did to wind up on house arrest.

The stolen handgun wasn't immediately recovered and police had to wait to enter the friend's home until getting a search warrant.

 


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