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Pa. cop shoots partner's alleged gun thief

'He definitely had possession of the officer's weapon,' said police spokesman

The Philadelphia Daily News

PHILADELPHIA — A plainclothes police officer shot and critically wounded a man who had wrestled away another officer's gun during a struggle in South Philadelphia early yesterday, police said.

Lt. Ray Evers, a police spokesman, said that about 3 a.m. two plainclothes officers in a car spotted a man later identified as Cosmo Menniti, 29, casing cars in the area of 12th and Wolf streets.

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