Shotgun wielding suspect shot by police

TACONY - December 1, 2013

Detectives say a shotgun-toting bandit stole $850 from two men in the 6300 block of Ditman Street in Tacony about 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

At approximately 10:37 p.m. Saturday, two uniformed 15th District officers were surveying the area for the robbery suspect.

According to officials, the officers noticed a man at Levick and Vandike streets who matched the description given by police radio.

When the officers attempted to stop the man, he ran into the parking lot of the Rite Aid store.

The officers pursued him on foot and the suspect then drew a sawed-off shotgun from his coat and turned toward the officers.

One of the pursing officers discharged his pistol, striking the suspect multiple times.

"The officer approached him, he attempted to get away. He produced a shotgun, the officer discharged five times," Captain Frank Llewelyn of the Philadelphia Police Department said.

"The people that were robbed were still here, and they identified the male as the person who robbed them."

The suspect was then transported to Aria Health Torresdale, where he is currently in critical condition.

The suspect's shotgun, which police say was loaded with five 20 gauge shotgun shells, was recovered at the scene.

There were no other injuries as a result of this incident.

The officer who fired the weapon will be placed on administrative duty pending the investigation.

Charges are pending and the suspect's name has not been released.

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