PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia Police say they were attacked at 39th precinct headquarters, prompting an officer to open fire. The shooting involving officers took place on West Hunting Park Avenue in Nicetown, just after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday.
Police say the man entered the building wearing a mask
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And once inside, they say the 23-year-old man walked up to a glass barrier in the lobby and tried to say something to officers. But the officers couldn’t hear him, so they opened a locked door to their operating room. That’s when the police say he ran through the door with the screwdriver in his hand and started fighting with two officers.
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During that fight, one of the officers shot the suspect and hit him in the torso. He is undergoing surgery at Temple Hospital. Both officers were injured, but police say it’s not clear whether they were stabbed or injured during the fight. Part of the investigation is whether the protocol was followed when opening the security door.
“It’s always one of those things where it’s a judgment,” said Police Sergeant Eric Gripp in Philadelphia. “Sometimes people come to the window, and most of our districts have a plexiglass window in the front. And often there are people we just can’t hear. It’s not uncommon for us to go into the lobby to try to get up close and personal and include a report from individuals. Again, it’s not uncommon. Unfortunately this time we are very lucky that it was not worse than it was.”
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Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw is visiting the Temple Hospital officers. The public prosecutor is also investigating.