Police: Detective shot man he mistakenly thought was robber

May 21, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police say a Philadelphia police detective driving an unmarked car shot and critically wounded a man who he mistakenly thought had a weapon and was trying to rob him.

Police say the 29-year-old detective, who joined the force in October 2011, was on his way back to headquarters Monday night after processing a crime scene, but as he was stopped in traffic he saw a man in the street with his arms extended and his hands together.

The detective said he believed the man was pointing a firearm, yelling, and about to rob him, so he fired four times from inside the vehicle, hitting the man in the stomach.

The man was taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition. Residents say he’s a known panhandler in the neighborhood.