Police: Suspect killed by own gun during arrest

Police block the 2900 block of North Broad Street after a man running from police accidentally shot himself.

April 22, 2011 9:45:53 AM PDT
Philadelphia police say a man fleeing officers died after the gun he was carrying went off when the officers tackled him.

Authorities say the man fit the description of a man spotted earlier with a gun when they chased him Friday morning in North Philadelphia.

Police say the officers and suspect tumbled to the ground during the arrest and the man's gun discharged, striking him in the groin. He later died at a hospital.

The suspect's name has not been released. He is said to be an 18-year-old Philadelphia man whose last known address was on Mckinley Street.

The officers were unhurt.

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