Shooting of suspect in fight with police is probed

Posted: April 11, 2012

Montgomery County detectives are investigating the police shooting Monday of a strapping, unarmed man who fought with officers trying to subdue him in a Springfield Township neighborhood.

District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman declined Tuesday to name the man who had been shot or the officers until criminal charges are filed.

Late Monday afternoon, a resident of Biddle Woods Lane in the township's Wyndmoor section arrived home with his family and saw the man standing in his driveway. The homeowner called 911 and verbally confronted the man, who fled to a neighbor's backyard, according to Ferman.

Police found the suspect, 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, standing inside an elevated garden tower at a nearby home. As the officers approached, the man jumped 10 feet to the ground, ran around the house to the parked cruisers, and got into one.

When ordered to get out, he punched one officer in the face and physically restrained the other from behind, wrestling him to the ground, according to Ferman. As the two struggled, the suspect tried to remove the officer's gun from its holster. The other officer fired a single shot, striking the suspect once in the abdomen.

Ferman said the suspect was treated at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia for a non-life-threatening wound.

The two Springfield officers were taken to Abington Memorial Hospital. One had facial lacerations; the other had a fractured nose and eye orbit, along with facial lacerations. Both officers were treated and released.

The shooting is being investigated by the Montgomery County Detective Bureau. No charges had been filed as of late Tuesday.


Contact Bonnie L. Cook

at 610-313-8232 and bcook@phillynews.com. Read her blog, "MontCo Memo," at philly.com.

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