Police: Man Pointed Gun At Officers, Neighbors: He Wasn't Armed

This is the third police-involved shooting in the past two days

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    Philadelphia Police shoot a man they say was running from officers. This is the third shooting involving police in just two days. NBC10's Chris Cato talked with neighbors who dispute claims that the man was armed. (Published Thursday, May 23, 2013)

    Philadelphia Police shoot a man, after investigators say he ran towards officers with a gun pointed at them in North Philadelphia tonight.

    The suspect was shot at 24th and Oxford Streets. Police say the 21-year-old man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    Neighbors tell NBC10's Chris Cato that the man did not have a gun. "He had his hands in the air and telling them that 'I don't have a gun, I'm a good guy,' " said Naim Ferguson.

    Chief Inspector Scott Small said they've heard no one at the scene say the man was unarmed.

    Police say the man had a .45 caliber handgun that they found on the street, which was cocked and loaded, Small says.

    This is the third police-involved shooting in the past two days.

    Last night, two men were shot and killed by police in separate incidents.

    A 35-year-old man, who family members identify as Belton "Amir" Lomax, was killed at Locust Avenue and Devon Street in Germantown last night. Police say he was armed with a semi-automatic weapon and aimed his gun at officers

    Lomax was a father of 8. Family members and neighbors claim he was unarmed, but police say they received several 911 calls reporting an armed man at that location. Investigators say his weapon was recovered at the scene.

    A second man, who hasn't been identified yet, was shot and killed in West Philadelphia last night.

    Police responded to the 5600 block of Wyalusing Avenue after getting calls about an armed man.

    Officers began to chase the gunman, along with another man. Investigators say the gunman ran into an SUV and then pointed his gun at the officers.

    Police shot and killed him. The second man was taken into police custody.

    That gun was also recovered at the scene.
     

     


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