Man Dies in Police Shootout

Police identify 53-year-old man who they say opened fire on officers

By Kelly Bayliss and Dan Stamm
|  Friday, Mar 8, 2013  |  Updated 9:16 PM EDT
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Man Dies in Police Shootout

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Police say they were forced to shot a man after he opened fire on them.

A man was shot and killed overnight after allegedly firing four shots at Philadelphia Police officers in the Wynnefield section of the city.

Police say that two District 19 officers were patrolling in the area of 56th and Diamond Streets around 10:30 p.m. when they noticed a suspicious man make his way out of an alley.

When they approached the man, he took off on foot, according to police. They caught up with him a block later.

Police say the man, later identified as Michael King, 53, opened fire on the officers at point-blank range.

Neither officer was hit but King was shot in the back and torso by officers, police said.

King later died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

As is standard protocol, an internal affairs investigation is underway, police said.

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