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Man shot by Philadelphia police after cops say he stormed Police District building with screwdriver

A man, 23, is shot by Philadelphia police after he ‘broke into the Police District building with a screwdriver and attacked an officer’

  • A Philadelphia police officer shot a 23-year-old man Wednesday after cops say he broke into a local Police District building with a screwdriver and stabbed an officer.
  • Police say the unidentified suspect attacked law enforcement officers upon entering the Police Precinct 39 building at approximately 9:30 a.m., where he was shot.
  • The suspect was taken to a hospital where he was listed in critical but stable condition.
  • The man accessed the building by entering through the lobby, where he approached a secured side door to a room where officers were working.
  • The suspect, who police said was wearing a mask, attempted to converse with a female officer through a code-protected window in the door, police said.
  • The officer behind the window, a woman, proceeded to open the door, after having difficulty understanding what the suspect was saying, police said.
  • The man then attacked the officer with the screwdriver, prompting her to fire a shot into the suspect’s chest.
  • One officer was stabbed in the back of the head during the encounter but is listed in stable condition, police said Wednesday.

A Philadelphia police officer shot a 23-year-old man Wednesday morning after authorities said he broke into a local Police District building with a screwdriver and attacked several officers.

Police say the unidentified suspect attacked officers as he entered the 39th Police Precinct building just before 9:30 a.m., where he was shot by at least one of the officers.

The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital, police said Wednesday, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

According to the police, the The individual accessed the police building by entering through the lobby, where he approached a secured side door to an operations room where officers were working.

The suspect, who police said was wearing a mask, attempted to converse with a female officer through a code-protected window in the door, police said.

The officer behind the window, a seven-year veteran of the force, police said, then proceeded to open the door, after having difficulty understanding what the suspect was saying.

“At that point, this individual charged into the operations room, directly toward the officer,” PPD Sgt. Eric Gripp said Wednesday, adding that the suspect attacked the unidentified officer with a screwdriver.

Police say the unidentified suspect attacked officers upon entering the Police Precinct 39 building just before 9:30 a.m., where he was shot by at least one of the officers.  He was taken to a nearby hospital in critical but stable condition, police said Wednesday morning.

Police say the unidentified suspect attacked officers upon entering the Police Precinct 39 building just before 9:30 a.m., where he was shot by at least one of the officers. He was taken to a nearby hospital in critical but stable condition, police said Wednesday morning.

A second officer then ran to the female officer’s aid, Gripp said, in an attempt to disarm the assailant.

During the ensuing fight, the officer discharged her service weapon and struck the suspect in the torso, Gripp said.

The suspect was then taken to nearby Temple University Hospital in critical condition, where he succumbed to his injuries later that morning.

Police say one officer sustained injuries to the back of the head, which cops say were likely from a fall during the fight.

He was later hospitalized and is in stable condition.

A second officer suffered an elbow injury. Both are expected to make a full recovery, police said Wednesday.

The 23-year-old suspect broke into the local Police District building with a screwdriver and gained access to a room where officers were working after a secure side door was opened by a female police officer.

The 23-year-old suspect broke into the local Police District building with a screwdriver and gained access to a room where officers were working after a secure side door was opened by a female police officer.

The suspect reportedly entered the district building through this door that leads to the building's lobby, where he proceeded to implore the officer to open the key-code protected side door of the operations room where the incident occurred.

The suspect reportedly entered the district building through this door that leads to the building’s lobby, where he proceeded to implore the officer to open the key-code protected side door of the operations room where the incident occurred.

During a press conference outside the 39th Precinct, Gripp described the police building's operations room as

During a press conference outside the 39th Precinct, Gripp described the police building’s operations room as “the customer service window” to the public, noting that the window the suspect approached had plexiglass with holes in it. through which citizens can speak.

Gripp said the entire encounter lasted less than 30 seconds.

He added that there were no surveillance cameras in the area where the incident occurred.

During a press conference outside the 39th Precinct, Gripp described the police building’s operations room as “the customer service window” for the public, noting that the window the suspect initially approached has plexiglass with holes through which citizens can speak.

“We’re very lucky this wasn’t worse than it was,” Gripp told reporters.

The chief added that an investigation into the incident has since been declared, revealing that it will be spearheaded by the Department’s Officer-Involved Shooting Investigations unit.

This is a developing story; please check back for more updates.

The suspect was then taken to nearby Temple University Hospital (pictured) in critical condition.

The suspect was then taken to nearby Temple University Hospital (pictured) in critical condition.

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