Police investigating shooting of armed suspect

Posted: July 22, 2012

Officials were investigating the shooting of an 18-year-old man by a Philadelphia police officer early Saturday in the city's Frankford section.

The victim was identified as Jose Torres, of the 2200 block of Cambria Street, said police spokesman Lt. Ray Evers.

Evers provided the following account of the incident:

Police arrived at the 4600 block of Worth Street to disperse a large crowd that had gathered outside Timmy's Bar. Torres bolted from the crowd, and in the process dropped a 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

Police gave chase, and when they saw the man reach into his waistband, they believed he was preparing to pull out another weapon.

An officer fired, killing Torres.

A second weapon wasn't recovered, Evers said.

The officer, who was not identified, has been assigned to administrative duties pending investigations by the district attorney's office and police internal affairs units.

Contact Anthony R. Wood at 610-313-8210 or twood@phillynews.com

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