Philadelphia police shoot and critically wound drug suspect

Posted: April 15, 2011

A police officer shot and critically wounded a 21-year-old man who allegedly pointed a gun at him during a chase Thursday evening in North Philadelphia, a police spokesman said.

About 6 p.m., two Highway Patrol officers in a marked police car saw a drug transaction between two males at 29th and Huntingdon Streets, said Lt. Raymond Evers.

The officers got out of their car, and the chase led them to the 2500 block of North Newkirk Street, Evers said.

"The male pulls a handgun and aims it at the officer," who then fired two shots, striking the man once in the torso, Evers said.

The wounded man was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was listed in critical but stable condition.

The man had a six-shot Smith & Wesson revolver, which the police recovered, and was carrying drugs, Evers said.

As with any incident when an officer fires his weapon, Internal Affairs is investigating, and the officer was temporarily assigned to desk duty.


Contact staff writer Robert Moran at 215-854-5983 or bmoran@phillynews.com.

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