PHILADELPHIA A police officer shot and critically wounded a man during a traffic stop in West Philadelphia late Saturday after the man reached for the officer's partner's gun during a struggle, police said.
Police did not identify the 28-year-old man, who lives on St. Bernard Street. They said he was a passenger in a car police stopped at Media and Conestoga Streets for traffic violations around 11:30 p.m. and was wanted for a probation violation related to a robbery. According to police, he gave a false name, and when he tried to run, he got into a struggle with the officers and fell.
He fought on after the officers tried to subdue him with a baton and Taser. Police said when tried to take one of the officer's guns the other officer fired, hitting him once in the abdomen. He fled and got about two blocks before being apprehended.
He was listed in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. The officers suffered scrapes on their hands and knees but refused medical treatment.
The officers are on administrative duty pending the outcome of an investigation by Internal Affairs and the District Attorney's Office.