U.S. Marshals Shoot Man Outside Popular Penn's Landing Restaurant

Authorities say the suspect tried to run over police and marshals causing them to open fire

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Friday, Oct 18, 2013  |  Updated 12:40 AM EDT
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Law enforcement officers opened fire on a wanted fugitive Thursday night, in the parking lot of a Penn's Landing restaurant.  NBC10's George Spencer reports from the scene.

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Law enforcement officers opened fire on a wanted fugitive Thursday night, in the parking lot of a Penn's Landing restaurant. NBC10's George Spencer reports from the scene.

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U.S. Marshals shot a suspect outside a popular restaurant along Penn's Landing in Philadelphia after he allegedly tried to run them down.

The shooting took place in the parking lot of The Chart House restaurant at 555 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard along the Delaware River around 5 p.m. on Thursday evening, according to Philadelphia Police.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Marshals say authorities were staked out in the restaurant's parking lot waiting for 27-year-old Eugene Dykes to drop off his girlfriend, who works at The Chart House.

Dykes is wanted for two separate cases -- a parole violation for a prior crime and a recent assault in South Philadelphia.

When they swarmed Dykes car, officials say he drove at the officers in his white sedan, hitting two officers. The marshals then opened fire on the car, hitting Dykes once in the head, according to the spokesperson.

The man was rushed to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in critical condition. His unidentified girlfriend, who was also still in the car during the shooting, was not hit by gunfire.

Witnesses told NBC10 they saw the man try and back into police as they attempted to bring Dykes into custody.

"They put that car in reverse and I'm not sure if they saw that as a threat, that's when they fired about 8-9 shots into the car," witness Drew Roman said.

From the air, SkyForce10 witnessed police taking the man out of the back of the car, put onto a backboard and placed inside a Philadelphia Police van.

The U.S. Marshals spokesperson said the two officers hit by the suspect's car suffered very minor injuries.

The girlfriend is being questioned by authorities.

The Chart House is located on a pier just south of the waterfront's popular tourist-area. It sits next to the dock of The Spirit of Philadelphia ship and another popular floating restaurant, The Moshulu.

Here is a mugshot of Dykes:


Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.

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