Police: Teen's threats led to shooting - Philadelphia News

August 11, 2008 11:36:27 AM PDT
Police responded to a burglary call in South Philadelphia, and opened fire on a man. However, as it turns out, the man was not a burglar after all. It happened at about 2:15 this morning in the 200 block of Gerritt Street - a small road in South Philadelphia.

Police were called to the block for a report of a home invasion. When they arrived on location they saw a broken window, and when they entered they say McMurtrie appeared to be sitting on a couch stabbing himself with a knife, making suicidal statements.

Police say they ordered him out of the house, but he didn't respond. He then appeared to lunge at them with a knife. One officer fired his gun, striking the teen twice in the head.

Police aren't talking yet about what led to the shooting. Neighbors say someone must have called authorities when they saw the teen breaking into the back of the house. We do know that police shot the young man in the head inside the home.

Police identify the young man shot as 18-year-old Patrick McMurtrie of New Jersey. According to family members he was the grandson of the elderly home owners.

Neighbor Louise Collins called the grandparents in Wildwood. "They're a wonderful family," said Collins. "I mean, he's a good kid. Nothing bad about him at all. He just wanted a place to sleep, I guess."

The 18-year-old was taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in extremely critical condition.

Police Internal Affairs is investigating.

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