Gunman in alleged robbery shot by police

Posted: December 03, 2013

PHILADELPHIA A police officer shot and wounded a suspected armed robber late Saturday in Northeast Philadelphia, leaving the 24-year-old man critical, police said.

Wielding a sawed-off shotgun, the man robbed two men of about $500 at 10:13 p.m. on the 6300 block of Ditman Street in Tacony, police said. The victims, ages 24 and 29, called 911 after their attacker fled.

About 25 minutes later, two 15th District patrol officers saw a man at Levick and Vandike Streets who matched the description the victims gave. He fled when the officers tried to stop him, police said.

As the officers chased him, he turned and pointed his shotgun at them, prompting one of the officers to fire his Glock pistol, police said.

The man, whose identity was not released, was shot multiple times and rushed to Aria Health's Torresdale Campus.

The robbery victims identified him as the man who held them up, police said.

The man's 20-gauge shotgun was recovered at the scene, according to police.

The officer who fired his weapon will be placed on administrative duty pending an Internal Affairs investigation, standard in police- involved shootings. The case also will be reviewed by the District Attorney's Office.

Charges were pending Sunday.

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