Philadelphia police fatally shoot 2 suspects

By Kitty Caparella & Damon Williams
The Philadelphia Enquirer

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — The police Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating two weekend police shootings, in which two officers shot two suspects - one fatally - as they brandished weapons.

At 5:05 p.m. yesterday, Capt. Benjamin Naish said, a woman was driving a car while her boyfriend in the passenger seat was arguing with her.

On 5th Street near Allegheny Avenue, Naish said, the woman stopped the vehicle and flagged down a patrol car with a uniformed officer inside. The boyfriend got out of the woman's car, wielding a handgun.

The officer ordered the man to drop the weapon. Instead, the man fired the gun once. In response, the officer fired two shots, striking the man in the chest area, Naish said.

The man was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:13 p.m.

Police recovered the man's semi-automatic weapon. The woman and the officer were unhurt.

The officer was placed on administrative duty, a normal procedure, while IAD and homicide investigate the incident, Naish said.

A neighbor identified the man as "Julio," but did not know his surname.

John Vintero, a friend of Julio's, said Julio had been arguing with his girlfriend earlier and did have a handgun. But Vintero said he did not see the shooting.

The other incident, Naish said, occurred on Saturday, when a uniformed officer responded to a radio call at 5:12 a.m. of a man breaking into a car on Ellet Street near Sprague.

The officer found the suspect in the driver's seat of an auto. The suspect pointed a gun at the officer, who responded by discharging his weapon once, Naish said. The suspect was struck once in the neck.

The suspect was taken to Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed yesterday in stable condition.

Police recovered a pellet gun, which Naish said looked like a "real semi-auto handgun."

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