NORTH PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Philadelphia Police have identified a man who fired upon Philadelphia Police officers who were responding to a call for a man with a gun Monday afternoon.
Authorities responded to the 2200 block of N, Fairhill Street after receiving the call and encountered an armed man, identified as 30-year-old Jose Gonzales of Camden.
When officers arrived on scene, Gonzales was attempting to get into a 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and he refused the officers’ repeated commands to drop his firearm.
That’s when police say Gonzales fired two shots at the officers, and the officers returned fire, hitting him in the torso and legs.
Gonzales then dropped his firearm and was arrested without further incident. He was taken to Temple University Hospital and listed in critical condition.
Gonzales gun was recovered at the scene, and officers found it was loaded with eight rounds in the magazine and one fired cartridge casing in the chamber. A second 9MM firearm was collected in the street.
Philadelphia Police now say the Monte Carlo Gonzales was attempting to enter was reported stolen in a gunpoint carjacking in Camden County earlier in the day Monday, and Gonzales matched the suspect’s description.
No other injuries were reported in the incident, but a nearby home was struck by gunfire, narrowly missing a mother and her four young children.