Cop fires back at armed man in Feltonville

JOSEPH KACZMAREK / FOR THE DAILY NEWS Louden Street near Mascher, where a 21-year-old was shot.
JOSEPH KACZMAREK / FOR THE DAILY NEWS Louden Street near Mascher, where a 21-year-old was shot.
Posted: March 27, 2014

MORE THAN 40 shots were fired in two heated gunbattles last night, one of which took place between a cop and an armed man, police said.

In that incident, on Louden Street near Mascher in Feltonville, the 21-year-old was struck once in his shoulder, and a second bullet grazed his head, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

He's in stable condition at Temple University Hospital, where he was taken by the same officers he took aim at just before 5:30 p.m., Small said.

Small gave the following account:

Two officers were assisting representatives from the Department of Human Services at an unrelated house on Palethorp Street near Louden when they heard gunfire.

As they ran toward the scene, they encountered two armed men running in their direction. The officers, in full uniform, told the men to drop their weapons. One man, also 21, did as he was told. The other instead raised his gun and started shooting.

"It was clear they were firing at police officers," Small said. "But, luckily, no one was seriously injured."

Ten shots were fired in the exchange, Small said. The man who surrendered was taken for questioning to East Detectives, where he remained last night.

About a block from where the gunman was shot, the officers found a third man, 20, who had been shot in the leg, apparently by the two men who had the shootout with the officers, Small said.

That man also was taken to Temple, where he was in stable condition last night.

At the second shooting scene, on Mascher Street near Louden, police found a third gun and 32 shell casings, Small said.

The investigation into both shootings was ongoing. The officer who fired at the gunman was placed on administrative duty pending Internal Affairs' probe, per police protocol.


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