PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia’s police commissioner promised a “thorough investigation” after a police officer shot and killed a suspect who the officer said had opened fire.
Two officers on Thursday came upon a car stopped in a roadway. One of the officers approached the vehicle and saw the driver was holding a handgun, police said.
The man drove off and officers pursued the vehicle, which crashed and the man ran.
Police said one of the officers found the man and ordered him to “stop and show his hands.”
The man brandished his handgun and shot at the officer, who returned fire, striking the suspect at least one time, police said.
The suspect was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he died.
“The decision to utilize deadly force is one of the most difficult decisions that a police officer can make” said Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw in a statement. “These decisions, often made in a split second of time, lead to life changing consequences for those involved.
The officers were not injured.
“The public has my assurance that the Officer Involved Shootings Investigations Unit will conduct a fair and thorough investigation,” Outlaw said.
Such investigations are required whenever officers use deadly force.