Police: Suspect wounded after firing on officer in West Philadelphia

Kelly 3Philadelphia Police investigators gather in West Philadelphia Thursday night, following an armed robbery report and ensuing confrontation in which a police officer shot and wounded a man who officials say had opened fire on the him at point blank range. The wounded man was captured nearby, and a second man was also taken into custody. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Tom Kelly IV.

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Police said that the shooting happened on South 57th Street at about midnight, after officers responded to a report of a robbery at a 7-Eleven, according to philly.com. Police told 6ABC that an officer tried to stop a man fitting the description of a robbery suspect, and that he opened fire as that officer approached.

NBC10 reported that the officer wasn’t hit and was able to return fire, striking the suspect in the thigh, according to police. The suspect was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he is listed in stable condition, according to CBS3, adding that the officer was not injured.

Kelly 1Police investigate the robbery scene on South 58th Street at Whitby Avenue.

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