Weekend brings two police-involved shootings

At the end of another violent week in Philadelphia this year, police shot young men in two separate confrontations this weekend.

philly.com reports that two Philadelphia police officers patrolling at 1 am on July 15th came upon an exchange of gunfire between two men on the corner of Nedro and 2nd Street in the Olney section of Philadelphia. The AP reports that there was a large crowd outside near the corner, and that a baby shower had been going in on of the building on the corner before the gunfire broke out.

As the officers stopped their cruiser and approached the gunmen, a man later identified as 25-year old Vanna Sok pointed his gun at the police, and was shot in the head by one of the officers, reports Fox29. He was then rushed to Einstein hospital in what the AP called “extremely critical condition.”

This shooting came just over a day after two officers shot a 28-year old man – Matthew Henderson of  the 4500 block of Cottman Avenue- a total of four times in a traffic stop gone wrong. An officer called for backup while pulling Henderson over after he ran a red light at 2nd Street and Erie Avenue. As he approached the car, police said that the officer detected the scent of marijuana, and that Henderson got out of the car and pointed a .40 caliber Taurus pistol at him. At this point, two backup officers fired shots- hitting Henderson four times. He was later pronounced dead on the scene.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported that Henderson had 11 prior arrests, and that the firearm he possessed had been reported missing after a burglary in January.

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