Sawed-Off Shotgun Robber Shot by Officers: Police

Philly Police opened fire on a man who they say pointed a sawed-off shotgun at them during a chase last night in Northeast Philadelphia.

The alleged gunman was shot multiple times and is in critical condition.


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According to police, the drama began when the man first pulled out the shotgun at two men along the 6300 block of Ditman Street around 10:40 p.m.

He made off with $500 cash and they called 911.

Police found a man near Levick and Vandike Streets who matched the description of the shotgun robber and they asked him to stop. He took off and they chased him, on foot, into the parking lot of a nearby Rite Aid.

That's when the gunman pointed his shotgun at the officer, according to police. One of the officers opened fire with his Glock pistol. Police say he hit the gunman multiple times. The officer who opened fire will be taken off the street and put on desk duty while the department investigates the case. That is standard procedure. The District Attorney's office will also review the case.

The man's 20-gauge shotgun was recovered at the scene.

No officers were injured.

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