Official: Guns recovered at police shooting scenes

Posted: May 24, 2013

Hours after Philadelphia police shot and killed two suspects in separate encounters, remnants of yellow police tape lay on the street near several black trash bags and cardboard boxes where one of the men was gunned down in East Germantown.

Police said officers killed a man who pointed a weapon at an officer about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday on the 5600 block of Devon Street.

A little more than two hours earlier, officers shot and killed a threatening gunman near 56th Street and Wyalusing Avenue in West Philadelphia, police said.

A woman who said she saw the East Germantown shooting said she did not believe the man police shot was armed.

A police spokesman, Lt. John Stanford, said Thursday that loaded firearms were recovered at both shooting scenes. Neither of the dead men was identified, but Stanford said both had lengthy arrest histories.

Internal Affairs will investigate both shootings, Stanford said.


Contact Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman at sabdur-rahman@phillynews.com or follow on Twitter @sabdurr.

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