Police: South Street gunman opens fire on women, officers

Isaac Carmichael

June 3, 2013 2:37:56 PM PDT
Authorities have arrested a man shooting into a crowd on South Street and then firing his gun at police themselves.

43-year-old Isaac Carmichael has been charged with Attempted Murder, Aggravated Assault, and related offenses.

Police say at 1:47 a.m. Sunday Carmichael got in a verbal argument with two women.

When the women attempted to tell the suspect to leave them alone, police say he became verbally abusive, grabbed one of the females and then showed them a gun he had tucked in his waistband as he threatened them with it.

When Carmichael walked away, he crossed South Street, pulled out the firearm and fired one shot towards the women.

The bullet struck a vehicle they had been standing by.

As people began to run from the gunfire, officers close by observed this and started towards the scene.

A sergeant along with an officer chased the suspect along the 700 block of Kater Street.

During the foot pursuit, police say the suspect fired shots at both the sergeant and the officer.

Police did not fire back.

As police continued their pursuit, other responding officers of the 17th district converged on the area and assisted the sergeant with apprehending the suspect without further incident.

There were no reported injuries to police.

In a statement, the Philadelphia Police Department remarked on the officers' decision to not fire back:

This is an example of these officers' bravery, exception thinking and awareness. This was an area crowded with civilians and these officers clearly would have been justified in returning fire, but they didn't want to risk injury to any other civilians. So with disregard for their own safety, in effort to protect the public, they bravely continued to pursue this male until he was apprehended without discharging their weapons.

One official told Action News the officers used "great restraint."


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