Police: Eastwick man pistol-whipped girlfriend, barricaded self inside home before it went up in flames

In Philadelphia's Eastwick section, police say a man threatened and pistol-whipped his girlfriend with a gun. Then barricaded himself inside a home before it went up in flames.

The scene happened around 3:30 a.m. Saturday on the 2500 block of South 71st Street.

Police say when they arrived they smelled gas and then the fire broke out.

Police say officers safely rescued the woman and her elderly mother from the home even as the man pointed a gun at the officers.

Authorities located the body of the man on the second floor in a rear room. The cause of his death is unknown at this time. 

The woman who was pistol-whipped is being treated for injuries to the forehead at the hospital, police say. 

No one else was hurt.



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