NBC10 - Jesse Gary
A man being questioned about a nearby robbery is shot after he opens fires on a police officer in West Philadelphia even though he wasn't actually a suspect in the theft, according to police. NBC10's Jesse Gary reports.
A man fired at a Philadelphia Police officer overnight.
Around midnight an officer stopped the man around 57th and Montrose Streets in West Philadelphia so they could question him about a nearby robbery.
The 30-year-old man, who hasn’t been identified, isn’t being called a suspect in that incident but he is in custody after he became agitated, pulled out a .380 semiautomatic handgun and fired.
“He went to stop the suspect when the suspect pulled away from the officer, then pulled a weapon from his waistband and fired two shots at very close range at the officer,” said police Chief Inspector Scott Small.
The officer wasn’t hit and was able to return fire, striking the suspect in the thigh, according to police.
The suspect hobbled away from the scene but was captured a short time later.
He was in custody at the Hospital at the University of Pennsylvania where he remained in stable condition early Friday morning.
The weapon he had on him matched the bullet casings found at the shooting scene, according to investigators.