WEST PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Officials say a plainclothes Philadelphia police officer shot and wounded a man after a pursuit following a deli robbery Tuesday morning.
It was just before 9 a.m. Tuesday morning when police say a man walked into a corner deli at 52nd and Irving and pulled a gun on a customer. A frightened deli employee spoke to FOX 29 about the robbery from behind a bulletproof shield.
"Customer fighting inside. Owner says you guys no fight. Go out— get out," the employee told FOX 29.
According to police, surveillance cameras were rolling as the man stole cash from the customer. Police say he got into a stolen Chevy Trax SUV parked nearby and took off. Police gave chase and a few blocks away he crashed.That's when a plainclothes officer approached the suspect behind the wheel and identified himself, according to investigators.
"The operator made movements, gestures moving to his waistband despite the officers orders. During the course of that confrontation, the officer did discharge his firearm," Philadelphia Police Captain Sekou Kinebrew said.
The 21-year-old suspect was shot one time in the chest and taken to Penn Presbyterian's trauma unit. Police now say the gun-toting suspect had stolen the SUV from a young woman as she unloaded Christmas presents from the vehicle in front of her house on the 5200 block of Church Road hours earlier.
"So we have two robberies, one of which this morning was at point of gun, which was broadcast to the officer," Captain Kinebrew explained.
Investigators say the suspect took the vehicle with Christmas presents inside. He then used the SUV in the deli robbery, according to police.
Police say 21-year-old Basil Harrison allegedly committed the two robberies. He is charged with robbery, 4 counts of aggravated assault, 1 count of carjacking, 2 counts of violations of the Uniform Firearms Act (No License), 2 counts of Violations of the Uniform Firearms Act (On Streets), 3 counts of possession of an Instrument of Crime, 4 counts of recklessly endangering another person,4 counts of simple assault, and 1 count of theft by unlawful taking.