Philadelphia police shoot and kill teenager after he allegedly fired at officers

The incident began around 7:20 pm in South Philadelphia, where four officers dressed in plainclothes were in an unmarked car on a surveillance assignment, Philadelphia Police Sgt. Eric Gripp said.

The officers saw two boys who appeared to be teenagers on bicycles and spotted one of them in possession of a handgun, Gripp said. The officers turned on their car’s emergency lights and began exiting the vehicle when one of the boys allegedly fired at the officers, Gripp said during a news conference.

The bullet went through the passenger side rear window and embedded in a headrest, Gripp added.

After identifying themselves as police, the officers got out of the car, fired at the alleged shooter and chased the teenagers down a street. The officers were not in uniform but wore vests and badges around their neck, Gripp noted.

“At some point, this male was struck in the chest and he dropped his weapon, went down to the ground, officers picked him up, transported him to Penn Presbyterian hospital, but unfortunately, he was pronounced shortly after 7:30 pm” Gripp said.

The other boy, identified by police as a 17-year-old, was not hurt and taken into custody, authorities said. The exact age of the boy who was killed has not been determined, Gripp said, but police believe he was a teenager and know he is a juvenile.

One of the officers was hit in the eye with glass when the bullet entered the car and was treated at a hospital, he said.

“We’re really lucky that we do not have an officer seriously injured or killed right now,” Gripp said.

Two of the four officers fired their weapons during the incident, firing “multiple rounds,” Gripp explained. They have been placed on administrative duty as the police department’s officer-involved shooting investigations unit reviews the case, he said.

CNN reached out to the Philadelphia Police Department for more information.

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