Officers Shoot Armed Man in West Oak Lane: Police

Police say the unidentified man pointed a gun at the officers before they opened fire.

A man is in the hospital after he was shot several times by police officers in the West Oak Lane section of Philadelphia Wednesday night.

Police say two plainclothes officers saw two men walk out of a known drug house near the 2100 block of East Chelten Avenue around 8:30 p.m. The men tried to get into a car but the alarm went off, according to investigators.

The officers went over and frisked the two men. They then noticed that one of them had a gun, police said. That man then allegedly fled and pointed the gun toward the two plainclothes officers and one uniformed officer who had just arrived, according to investigators. The three officers then fired at the man and shot him several times.

The unidentified man was taken to the Einstein Medical Center where he is in critical but stable condition. Police also took the second man into custody.

Police say they recovered the man's gun at the scene. No officers were injured during the incident. They continue to investigate. 

Police say the block where the shooting occurred is a high crime area. In the past three months, there have been 37 violent crimes in that area, according to police data.

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