Man Shot by Police After Brawl

A man was shot by police after he allegedly attacked the officers following a traffic stop in West Philadelphia.

Investigators say police officers in the 19th district pulled over a 2000 Chevrolet Caprice for traffic violations on Media and Conestoga streets around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday. A 24-year-old male driver, 25-year-old female passenger and 28-year-old male passenger were all inside the vehicle, according to officials.

After he was stopped, the 24-year-old driver allegedly provided false information to the officers. Police say he was acting nervous and suspicious. 

Investigators say the officers removed the man from the vehicle when the man suddenly pulled his hands away and tried to flee. He then allegedly fought the officers as they attempted to secure him.

Police say the suspect and officers fell to the ground during the struggle. The officers tried to control the suspect with a baton and taser but both were ineffective and the man continued to fight, according to investigators.

As the struggle continued, the man allegedly tried to grab the gun of one of the officers from his holster. Investigators say the officer yelled to his partner that the suspect was trying to get his gun. The other officer then drew his weapon and fired, striking the suspect once in the abdomen, according to investigators.

Despite being struck, police say the suspect got up and ran south on Conestoga Street after letting go of the officer's gun. He was finally captured on the 5400 block of Sharswood Street, according to investigators.

The suspect, who has not yet been identified, was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he is currently in critical condition.

Investigators say the man was wanted for a probation violation after a prior robbery arrest. Police also say the man had five prior arrests for narcotics and weapons violations.

The officers suffered abrasion injuries to their hands and knees but declined medical treatment.

Officials with Internal Affairs are currently investigating the incident. The officers involved are on administrative duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

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