SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - The FBI is asking the public for more information about a man who was shot and killed by an off-duty Philadelphia Police officer after striking a pedestrian with his car in South Philadelphia Monday.
FBI officials are looking for more information about the driver, who has since been identified as Khalil Lawal, a 31-year-old Virginia resident who they say also spend time in Maryland.
Investigators say Lawal struck hit a person who had just gotten out of a car in South Philadelphia during Monday's morning rush hour in his black Honda Accord. A short time later, police say he chased another driver who had blocked him in on foot, and charged at Detective James Powell, a 23-year-old off-duty officer who had approached him.
Lawal then struggled with Powell, who discharged his service pistol, striking Lawal several times. Lawal was taken to the hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.
The victim who was struck by Lawal’s vehicle was taken to the hospital and treated for cuts and bruises to his head and legs.
Lawal was taken to the hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.
Powell was treated for cuts and bruises and has since been released from the hospital.
FBI officials are asking anyone who may have seen Lawal or his car in Philadelphia or may have communicated with him to contact the FBI’s tip line at, 1-800-CALL-FBI. Information also can be shared online at tips.fbi.gov.
FOX 29 has learned at least three video cameras, including one on a nearby home recorded the incident, in which the driver, now out of his vehicle struggled with the detective.
FOX 29 has been told the detective fired several shots, knocking the man to the ground and then continued firing—striking the man 13 times in all.
The number of shots appeared to be an issue for Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross when he discussed the case Monday:
"There are some concerns because of the way the shots were fired and the positioning and things like that,” Commissioner Ross said. “But at this time, I'm just being very candid about the fact that we do have some concerns about the discharge."
Tuesday night, Philadelphia police took to Twitter asking "If you are a witness to the police shooting incident at Broad and Bigler or had any interaction with the operator of the black Honda Accord call investigators at 215-683-1866.