Northeast Times

Officer shoots suspect in Tacony street robbery

An of­ficer on Sat­urday shot and crit­ic­ally wounded a rob­bery sus­pect who po­lice said poin­ted a shot­gun at them near Levick and Vandike streets.

Po­lice said two 15th Dis­trict of­ficers at 10:37 p.m. spot­ted a man who matched the de­scrip­tion of a rob­ber wanted for a Dit­man Street stickup that had oc­curred a half-hour earli­er. 

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, the man fled in­to the park­ing lot of a nearby Rite Aid store when the of­ficers, both in uni­form in a marked patrol car, tried to stop him.

When the of­ficers pur­sued him, he drew a sawed-off shot­gun from his coat and turned to­ward the of­ficers, po­lice said, and one of the of­ficers fired his weapon at the man, hit­ting him sev­er­al times.

Po­lice said the man, who was not iden­ti­fied, had held up two men on the 6300 block of Dit­man Street at 10:13 p.m. He had poin­ted his shot­gun at the pair and got $500 from them. The men called 9-1-1 to re­port the rob­bery.

The vic­tims iden­ti­fied the man po­lice shot be­fore he was taken to Aria Health’s Tor­res­dale cam­pus in crit­ic­al con­di­tion. No one else was in­jured.

The de­fend­ant’s shot­gun was a 20-gauge Moss­berg Mod­el 500-C that was loaded with five shells, po­lice said. The of­ficer who shot the de­fend­ant is on ad­min­is­trat­ive duty while the shoot­ing is in­vest­ig­ated, po­lice said. ••

You can reach at jloftus@bsmphilly.com.

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