PHILADELPHIA - An off-duty police officer was carjacked at gunpoint early Friday morning and the car was found on fire.
Chief Inspector Scott Small says the carjacking happened around 12:15 a.m., officers with the 12th District responded to numerous calls for a carjacking, shots fired and an auto accident at the intersection of 56th and Pentridge Streets in Kingsessing.
When police arrived on scene, they found an off-duty officer who said he was parking his Silver 2020 Toyota Highlander when a suspect with a gun stopped him, reached into his pockets to grab his keys and then stole his vehicle, authorities say.
Authorities say the officer fired his "off-duty" weapon seven times and hit the driver's side of the car multiple times.
According to police, the suspect then crashed the off-duty officer's car into unattended parked cars and then continued going north on 56th Street.
Hours later, a car was found burning on the 5900 block of Delancey Street in West Philadelphia and it was identified as the officer's car.
The incident remains under investigation.
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