PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A traffic stop in Philadelphia’s Logan neighborhood turned into a deadly police-involved shooting Wednesday night. Police say an officer was injured and the gunman killed during the incident in the 1500 block of West Somerville Avenue around 6:45 p.m.
Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp says the incident began as a traffic stop when two officers pulled the vehicle over. Gripp says there were four people inside the car.READ MORE: New Jersey’s Christopher Quaglin Charged With Assaulting Cops, Using ‘Chemical Irritant’ During Jan. 6 US Capitol Riots
According to Gripp, backup officers arrived and there were a total of five cops on the scene.
Gripp says the initiating officers approached the vehicle when a 24-year-old man in the backseat produced a gun and fired at least one shot at the officers from inside the car.
The suspect then left the car, Gripp says, and fired at least one more shot at the officers.
According to Gripp, the five officers then returned fire, striking the gunman multiple times.
“These officers approached the car and they were fired upon almost immediately,” Gripp said.
Gripp says the man was pronounced dead at the hospital at 7 p.m.
UPDATE: Philadelphia Police say the shooting on the 1500 of W Somerville started as a traffic stop, that turned into an officer involved shooting. Police say the driver fired several rounds at officers first. Officers returned fire and the 24yo man was shot and killed. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/pce63bWaNJREAD MORE: South Jersey Man Ensuring Jewish Families Well-Served By Federal Meals Program That Fills Gaps In School Meals
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There is no word at this time on what led to the traffic stop.
Gripp says the three other people — two men and one woman — who were inside the car were uninjured in the incident. They are giving their statements to police, according to Gripp.
Gripp says the officers were wearing body cameras.
Police have not yet identified the man who died.
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