A SPLIT-SECOND decision likely saved the life of a Philadelphia police officer and two Northeast Philly residents - and cost a gun-toting burglar his.
The tense scene played out in the middle of the night on Wakeling Street near Castor Avenue in Frankford.
A 15th District patrol cop thumped on the front door of a property on the block after receiving a report of a burglar alarm going off about 12:45 a.m. yesterday, police spokesman Lt. John Stanford said.
A man appeared at the door and assured the officer that nothing was wrong, Stanford said.
Instinct and training kicked in. The officer asked the man for identification, only to see him push a woman to the door instead.