Police: Officers shoot, kill armed bicyclist

Posted: November 13, 2012

Philadelphia police said they shot and killed a man who engaged officers in a violent struggle late Sunday after he was asked to stop while riding a bike in West Philadelphia.

Police did not identify the man, who was 35 and lived in West Philadelphia.

Two officers attempted to stop a bicyclist near 61st and Arch Streets about 11:45 in relation to an incident that occurred earlier in the night, police said. Police would not describe that incident.

The man tried to pedal away but fell off the bike. One of the officers saw the man brandishing a handgun when he stood, and a violent struggle ensued, police said. The two officers tried to wrest the gun from the man, and one officer fired three times, police said. A loaded .45-caliber handgun was found at the scene. The investigation was continuing Monday night. - Frank Kummer

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