Police officer shoots suspect following robbery of office

Posted: May 02, 2008

A police officer shot and wounded a suspected robber after he pointed a gun at the officer, who was chasing him in Southwest Philadelphia yesterday, police said.

The incident occurred in an area of railroad tracks near 60th Street and Woodland Avenue about 1 p.m. The officer, whose identity was not disclosed, shot the man while chasing him a few minutes just after two men had robbed a real estate management company at 65th Street and Paschall Avenue, said Lt. Frank Vanore.

Vanore gave this account:

Shortly before the shooting, two men dressed in black Muslim women's garb entered the real estate company, Rowell Management Co., and one pointed a gun at a worker, Vanore said.

It was not known exactly what was taken during the robbery.

After the holdup, the two robbers ran to a nearby white van and carjacked the vehicle. The van was later spotted by police at 60th and Woodland.

Two police officers on bicycles then saw a man near the van who ran when they tried to stop him. The officers chased the man west on Woodland and north on 60th.

The man, identified as Abraham Boley, 20, turned and pointed a silver handgun at one of the officers, who responded by firing three shots, one of them grazing the gunman's arm.

Police captured Boley in the railroad track area and found a handgun nearby.

Boley, who lives in the vicinity, was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was listed in stable condition, Vanore said.

Boley was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer and related crimes.

Vanore said police were looking for other suspects.

Contact staff writer Vernon Clark at 215-854-5717 or vclark@phillynews.com.

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