Police: Suspect shot after pulling gun on officers in North Philadelphia

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A 22-year-old man was critically wounded in a police-involved shooting in North Philadelphia. (WPVI)

A 22-year-old man was critically wounded in a police-involved shooting in North Philadelphia.

The incident happened around 6:35 p.m. Thursday at 15th and Allegheny.

Police say undercover detectives attempted to speak with the suspect about a shooting in the area last week. When they called his name, he ran into an alley.

"When officers caught up to the male, that's when the male pulled a gun from his waistband, and pointed it at police," said Chief Inspector Scott Small. "Officers ordered him to drop the gun. He refused. One officer discharged his weapon, striking the suspect in his legs and his torso."

The suspect was taken to Temple University Hospital where he is listed in critical, but stable condition.

The block was closed off for hours as investigators processed the shooting scene.

After taking the suspect to the hospital, police discovered he's wanted on three active warrants for fraud and absconding.

And now he faces even more charges.

"Why he decided to point a weapon at police just goes to show how desperate he was to elude capture and get away," said Small.

Small says an internal investigation will be conducted, but it appears the officer followed department protocol.

"There were no injuries to police, no injuries to other civilians and we obviously took a criminal off the streets," said Small.

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