PHILADELPHIA — Officials say a plainclothes Philadelphia police officer shot and critically wounded a man after a pursuit following a deli robbery.
Police say an officer responding to a call about a 9 a.m. Tuesday deli robbery in west Philadelphia spotted a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle.
Capt. Sekou Kinnebrew said a man got into the SUV shortly afterward and drove off, and plainclothes officers pursued the vehicle for about a mile until it collided with a car.
Kinnebrew says a plainclothes officer approached the SUV driver and identified himself as a police officer, but the driver wouldn’t comply and made “gestures” toward his waistband.
The officer then opened fire, striking the man in the chest. He was taken to a hospital and listed in critical condition.