Off-Duty Officer Shoots Man Who Lunged at Him With Scissors, Police Say

The incident occurred on the 2400 block of South 7th Street Saturday shortly before 6 p.m.

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An off-duty officer shot a man who lunged at him with a pair of scissors, Philadelphia police said. 

Jason Santiago, a 3-year veteran with the 17th district, was visiting a home on the 2500 block of South 7th Street Saturday around 6 p.m. when he heard the sound of breaking glass outside.

Santiago looked out the window and spotted a man in his 60's overturning recycling bins and throwing trash and glass bottles along the sidewalk.

Police said Santiago walked toward the man, identified himself as an officer and told him to stop throwing the trash. The man then allegedly lunged at Santiago with a pair of scissors.

Santiago then pulled out a gun and fired four shots, police said. The man was shot three times in the left arm, abdomen and groin area. He was taken to Jefferson University Hospital where he is currently in critical condition.

Santiago was not injured during the incident. Police said he will be taken off street duty pending a review by Internal Affairs.

The incident was one of two shootings in Philadelphia on Saturday. A 19-year-old woman was on the 3500 block of North 19th Street shortly before 6:30 p.m. when an unidentified gunman opened fire, shooting her in the left temple.

The woman was taken to Temple University Hospital where she is in critical condition. No arrests have been made and a weapon has not been recovered.

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