Gunman Gets Away After Police Shootout

By Dan Stamm
|  Monday, Jul 22, 2013  |  Updated 12:08 PM EDT
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Four police officers were patrolling a North Philadelphia neighborhood early Monday morning when a gun fight broke out between three men. Two of those men returned fire on the police, which left dozens of shell casings and fragments poured out on to the street. NBC10's Katy Zachry reports.

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Four police officers were patrolling a North Philadelphia neighborhood early Monday morning when a gun fight broke out between three men. Two of those men returned fire on the police, which left dozens of shell casings and fragments poured out on to the street. NBC10's Katy Zachry reports.

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Police officers came upon a shooting overnight and what ensued was a shootout that left at least one gunman hurt, another arrested and a third on the loose.

Four officers patrolling in an unmarked car came upon the three men involved in a shootout near W Berks and N 23rd Streets in North Philadelphia around 12:30 a.m.

As officer announced themselves, two of the men turned and began to fire at the officers, according to police.

The officers returned fire as dozens of bullets flew.

One of the suspects was hit in the back -- it wasn’t clear if an officer or another gunman shot him -- and taken to the hospital. He was later released into police custody. Another man was taken into custody uninjured, police said.

None of the officers were hurt.

The third alleged shooter jumped into a car and drove off. His car was later found abandoned at a housing complex at N 25th and Judson Streets with a bullet hole in the side.

Police say they found a handgun in the passenger seat and another in a nearby alley.

Hours after the shooting police were still at the original shootout scene with more than 80 evidence markers scattered across the sidewalk and street.

No description was given of the suspect who got away.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact police.

This was one of two police-involved incidents overnight in the area. An officer shot and hurt a man in the Parkside section of Philadelphia while a man died after being Tasered by police in Wilmington, Del.

 


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