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Knife-wielding man shot in Fishtown

An ap­par­ently crazed, 300-lbs. man ter­ror­ized oc­cu­pants of a home on Wildey Street with a knife, last week­end, un­til he was shot by po­lice.

A knife-wield­ing as­sail­ant was shot by po­lice on Sunday night after he broke in­to a home on Wildey Street and ter­ror­ized the people in­side, au­thor­it­ies said.

Ac­cord­ing to Of­ficer Tan­ya Little, a po­lice spokes­wo­man, when of­ficers re­spon­ded to an 11:40 p.m. call of a man van­dal­iz­ing the 1100 block of Schack­amax­on St., they en­countered a chaot­ic scene.

They saw a man weigh­ing roughly 300 pounds dash­ing around the street and dam­aging a light post. He fled as of­ficers came on the scene, and the man burst through the front door of a home on the 200 block of E. Wildey St., where he “ter­ror­ized the people” with a knife, Little said. Adults and chil­dren — who did not know the as­sail­ant — were in the home at the time, she ad­ded.

Of­ficers then con­fron­ted the man and asked him to drop his weapon.

“He re­fused, then he con­tin­ues and act­ively comes after the of­ficers while swinging the knife,” Little said on Monday.

The as­sail­ant was shot in the chest as he al­legedly lunged at po­lice. He was taken to Hahne­mann Uni­versity Hos­pit­al. Little said he was in crit­ic­al but stable con­di­tion.

ldquo;He’s ex­pec­ted to sur­vive,” she said.

Po­lice are with­hold­ing the man’s iden­tity. The in­vest­ig­a­tion is on­go­ing and po­lice are un­sure if he was un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs or had any his­tory of men­tal ill­ness, Little said. ••

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