A Philadelphia police officer is in good condition and a suspect is dead after a shooting in Kensington Sunday.
Investigators say Officer Richard Nicoletti, 25, and his partner Officer Matthew McCarthy, assigned to the 26th District, responded to a suicide call around 3:15 p.m. at home on the 1700 block of North 3rd Street.
Authorities say the suspect - who family members identify as 29-year-old Carmello Winans - was inside the kitchen with a knife pressed to his throat, threatening to kill himself.
Police say Winans dropped the knife but as Officer Nicoletti tried to subdue him Winans grabbed his gun. The officer's gun discharged twice striking him in his bulletproof vest. The bullet did not penetrate his body.
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Officer Matthew McCarthy fired at Winans who was later pronounced dead at the scene.
Family members say Winans was recently released from jail and was battling some problems.
"He did not have to die, he was a good person," Andrew Winans said.
Winans' brother said they called police to take him to Episcopal Hospital for medical assistance.
"They were called for help, they were called to take him to get help."
Police say Winans was under the influence of drugs when the shooting happened. He was the father of two children.
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