Off-duty officer shoots man in Lawndale

Posted: March 10, 2014

An off-duty police officer shot a man in the leg Saturday morning during a fight over dog feces left in the officer's yard, police said.

The man was treated at a hospital and released. The officer was treated at a hospital for cuts and bruises on his head and released.

Police did not name the two men but said the man who was shot would be charged with aggravated assault.

The officer was outside his home shortly before noon on the 6400 block of Oakley Street in Lawndale when he saw a dog defecate in his front yard, police said. He asked the dog's owner, a 39-year-old man from the 6400 block of Argyle Street, to clean up. After a verbal argument between the two, the dog owner left.

When the owner returned a few minutes later without his dog, the man and the officer got into a fight, during which the man punched the officer several times in the face and head, police said. The man pulled the officer's hooded sweatshirt over his head, leaving the officer bent over as he continued to hit him from behind, police said.

The officer then drew his Glock pistol from his hip holster and shot behind him, hitting the man in the right thigh. The man was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center. The officer was taken to Jeanes Hospital.

Internal Affairs will investigate the shooting and the District Attorney's Office will review it. The officer will be placed on administrative duty during the investigation.


mbond@phillynews.com

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