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Man shot after punching Pa. officer, grabbing gun

Police say the suspect approached an officer as he escorted a woman to her car

By Mike Newall
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — A Drexel University police officer on Friday shot and wounded a man who had allegedly punched the officer in the face and grabbed for his service weapon, Philadelphia police said.

The situation developed around 6 p.m., when a Drexel employee told a university officer she had been harassed by a stranger as she walked to her car, parked near Drexel police headquarters at 32d and Arch Streets, said Lt. John Walker of Southwest Detectives, whose unit is investigating.

As the officer escorted the woman to her car, the man approached them, Walker said.

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