Philly officer shoots wanted man after chase
| By Andrew Maykuth |
The Philadelphia Inquirer
PHILADELPHIA — A Philadelphia police officer shot and critically wounded a 22-year-old man early yesterday in West Kensington after interrupting a drug transaction and chasing the suspected dealer several blocks on foot, police said.
In the alley, the suspect "turns and threatens the officer in some manner," Vanore said. The officer fired his gun, striking the suspect in the leg and abdomen.
The suspect, whom police did not identify, was transported to Temple University Hospital and was listed in critical condition, Vanore said. He was charged with aggravated assault, terroristic threats and narcotics violations - crack cocaine was recovered at the scene, Vanore said.
No weapon was recovered.
Neither officer was injured, Vanore said.
Internal Affairs will investigate the shooting, as it does any time an officer fires his or her gun.
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