Gunman fires at Philadelphia Police officers overnight; suspect captured

Slide show above: Police from Philadelphia and Upper Darby, Pa., gather to investigate after a gunman opened fire on officers overnight. Photographs for the Gun Crisis Reporting Project by Joseph Kaczmarek.

Police found a gun and arrested one man after a shooter opened fire on police officers following an attempted traffic stop in West Philadelphia early Thursday, according to officials.

Shortly before 2 a.m., Philadelphia Police officers attempted to pull over a car that was operating erratically, officials said, but the driver sped away. Police spotted the car a short time later and tried to stop it again, when they say the passenger got out of the car and fled on foot.

The suspect then turned and fired at police, dropping the weapon in a vacant lot before he was captured, according to Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. The suspect was identified as the shooter by other officers, according to Small, and was also wanted by Upper Darby authorities for other offenses.

Police were still looking for the driver. 6ABC and NBC10 also have reports.

Earlier Wednesday night, a 16-year-old was shot inside a home on Wilder Street, near 21st and Dickinson Streets in the Point Breeze section of South Philadelphia. Medics rushed him the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was being treated for a leg wound. CBS3, 6ABC, NBC10 and Philly.com have reports.

A 20-year-old man was listed in stable condition at Hahnemann University Hospital after he was shot late Tuesday night on North 26th Street near West Thompson Street in North Philadelphia.

Posted by Jim MacMillan.

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