PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Police say Monday night an officer shot a man who had a box cutter and wouldn’t drop it when cops told him to.
Around 10 p.m., in the area of Front Street and Allegheny Avenue in North Philadelphia, police say two officers on patrol with the 24th district saw a man arguing with people in a gray Nissan SUV, and it was getting out of hand.
“Was volatile enough where it looks like the Nissan was trying to back down the block while this individual was trying to hold on to the Nissan to continue this altercation,” said police spokesman Capt. Sekou Kinebrew.
“The officers exited their vehicles and approached and tried to diffuse the situation to find out what exactly was going on. That male, the pedestrian, produced a box cutter, a utility knife, and lunged toward the officers.”
Kinebrew says that lasted for half a block or so. The man ignored officers’ commands to drop the blade, so one of the officers fired at least five shots, hitting the man in the gut.
The officers then took him to the hospital. He is listed in critical condition. Police have not identified him.
Police say the officer who fired his gun is 28 years old and has been with the department for three years.
Investigators are looking into every aspect of this incident to determine if the shooting was justified. Police say they would like to talk to the people in the SUV who drove away from the scene.