Off-Duty Phila. Police Officer Kills Shooting Suspect

Monday, Feb 14, 2011  |  Updated 7:15 AM EDT
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Officials say an off-duty police officer shot and killed a man who opened fire inside a Philadelphia bar, killing a bystander.

Police say the officer was in plain clothes when a fight broke out between two other men inside the North Philadelphia bar early Sunday.

Lt. Ray Evers says the one of them pulled out a gun and fired, wounding the other and killing a bystander. Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross says the shooter then fired on the off-duty officer after he drew his weapon and ordered the man to surrender.

The officer returned fire, striking the suspected shooter. The unidentified man died at a hospital.

Officials identified the slain bystander as 25-year-old Michael Jones. The other victim was in critical condition Sunday evening.

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