Passenger Hops Out, Fires at Officers During Chase: Police - NBC 10 Philadelphia

Passenger Hops Out, Fires at Officers During Chase: Police



    Suspect Fires at Police, Driver Flees

    Police are searching for a driver who fled the scene in Upper Darby overnight after his passenger allegedly fired a shot at police. (Published Thursday, April 3, 2014)

    Police gave chase by car and foot over two counties as a police stop ended with a man opening fire on officers.

    Around 2 a.m. Thursday, Philadelphia Police say they tried to pull over a car around S 63rd and Vine Streets in West Philadelphia.

    Police lost sight of the 2003 Buick but a short time later, the officers spotted the car at S 69th and Walnut Streets in Upper Darby, Delaware County.

    As the 19th District officers attempted to stop the car again, the front seat passenger jumped out of the car and ran into a nearby lot, according to investigators.

    “With both officers in pursuit, this male fired one shot from a revolver-type handgun,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

    After firing the gun, police say the man threw down his weapon and continued to run.

    The officers eventually caught up to the 23-year-old suspect at Spruce Street and Cobbs Creek Parkway. Investigators say the man has a criminal history.

    None of the officers were hurt.

    The driver got away, dumping his car nearby at Marshall Road and Cobbs Creek in Philly, according to police.

    Police ran the tags and VIN number of that vehicle and it led them to a home in West Philadelphia.

    Small said detectives were working on search warrants as they searched for the second suspect. Upper Darby Police assisted in the investigation.

    "Our advice is for him to turn himself in," said Small.

    Anyone with information is urged to contact Philadelphia Police.