15th district cops wound man they say pointed weapon


Of­ficers from the 15th Po­lice Dis­trict wounded a man who al­legedly poin­ted a gun at them out­side the White­hall Com­mons pub­lic hous­ing com­plex last Thursday af­ter­noon.

Two of­ficers ar­rived at Mar­garet and Tack­awanna streets at 5:15 p.m. to in­vest­ig­ate a re­port of a per­son with a gun and got a de­scrip­tion of a sus­pect from wit­nesses, said Lt. Ray Evers, a Phil­adelphia po­lice spokes­man.

Mo­ments later, they soon spot­ted a man fit­ting the de­scrip­tion who was walk­ing to­ward the White­hall com­plex, which is one block from the in­ter­sec­tion, Evers said. The sus­pect al­legedly had a gun in his waist­band.

The of­ficers were in uni­form and rode in a marked po­lice car. When the sus­pect spot­ted them, he ran, pulled his gun and poin­ted it at his pur­suers, Evers said.

Both of­ficers re­turned fire, wound­ing the sus­pect twice in the ab­do­men, Evers said. He was hos­pit­al­ized in guarded con­di­tion at Al­bert Ein­stein Med­ic­al Cen­ter and iden­ti­fied as Joshua Ap­pling, 26, of the 1800 block of N. 20th St.

He re­mained hos­pit­al­ized on Tues­day. A hear­ing date had not been set.

Po­lice re­covered a 9mm semi-auto­mat­ic pis­tol loaded with eight live rounds, Evers said.

Both of­ficers were un­injured and have been placed on ad­min­is­trat­ive duty pending an ad­min­is­trat­ive re­view of the in­cid­ent. Also in ac­cord­ance with de­part­ment pro­tocol, the of­ficers must be re­cer­ti­fied on their ser­vice weapons, meet with an em­ploy­ee coun­selor and be cleared for duty by their com­mand­ing of­ficer, Evers said. ••


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