Two plain-clothes officers in an unarmed car responding to a report of gunshots in Philadelphia shot a 20-year-old pizza delivery man who thought he was being robbed.
When the officers approached 51st Street and Willows Avenue, they observed a male wearing a hoodie and his hands in his pockets. Deputy police commissioner Richard Ross says the officers announced that they were cops.
“As I understand it, they asked the male to stop. The male, in quick fashion, got in his car and he drove at a high rate of speed towards the officers. The officers then discharged out of fear for their lives.”
Ross said the male was struck at least three times. The male, later identified as 20-year-old Philippe Holland – was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania where he is listed in critical condition.
Ross says there were quite a few shots fired by police, but did not give an exact number. Sources say at least ten shots were fired into Holland’s vehicle.
The two officers are on desk duty pending the results of an internal affairs investigation.
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