Armed man shot by police just outside Temple ER

May 8, 2012 12:38:11 PM PDT
Police engaged in a gun battle with an armed man on a North Philadelphia street overnight - right outside of a hospital emergency room.

It was around 2:30 a.m. when two 39th district officers were on routine patrol when someone flagged them down to inform them that there was a man with a gun on Germantown Avenue at Tioga Street.

When officers arrived they spotted the man, identified as 28-year-old Raymond Brown from the 2500 block of West Montgomery Avenue.

Police told Brown to drop his weapon.

According to authorities, Brown pointed his gun at the officers.

Police fired at the suspect, striking Brown once in the thigh.

Brown collapsed around 100 feet from the emergency room at Temple University Hospital and was soon taken inside.

Police say it was fortunate this happened overnight when the street wasn't crowded.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small tells us, "If this were 2:30 in the afternoon as opposed to 2:30 in the morning it would be a whole different story. There would be many, many people not only driving on the street but also on the sidewalk and in the area of the hospital."

Apparently, Brown tossed his gun in the sewer. Police say they were able to recover the .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun, and they say it was loaded.

Brown remains listed in critical, but stable condition.

He is charged with Aggravated Assault on Police, Violation of the Uniform Firearms Act and related offenses.

There were no injuries to witnesses or police officers.