Officials release statement after South Philly police-involved shooting

- Police have released an official report after the death of a South Philadelphia man in a police-involved shooting.

The incident happened around 11 a.m. Thursday morning on between 2000 block of McKean Street and Snyder Avenue.

Investigators say officers were patrolling the area of 2000 McKean Street when Charles Meadows was seen riding a bicycle the opposite direction of traffic. The officers attempted to stop and investigate Meadows when he stopped his bicycle and fled on foot. The officers on duty then exited their patrol vehicle and pursued Meadows on foot.

One of the officers saw Meadows' right hand holding an object under his shirt and drew his firearm demanding Meadows show his hands. Meadows obeyed the officer, fell to the ground and dropped a pistol. Although officers ordered him not to touch the weapon, Meadows retrieved the firearm on the ground and fired the weapon at the officers. The officers returned fire.

As Meadows began to flea again, two more officers on duty were traveling in the 2000 block of Snyder Avenue. Meadows pointed his firearm at the officers at which point both officers discharged their firearms at Meadows, firing through their front windshield.

Police say Meadows was shot in his groin and arms. He fell to the ground and dropped his firearm. Officials transported Meadows to Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

No officers were injured during the incident.

 

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