1 dead after double shooting where victim fired toward responding officers, police say

Philadelphia police say a man is in custody after he allegedly fired towards an officer who responded to reports of a shooting at a home in Olney early Wednesday morning.

Police were called to a home on the 500 block of West Somerville Avenue just before 6 a.m. for reports of gunfire. 

When an officer and another man went upstairs to check on a shooting victim they were met by a suspect who allegedly opened fire. 

Police say a 68-year-old man, who was accompanying police inside the home, was struck in the upper body and suffered non-life-threatening injuries. 

The officer was not hit and did not return fire, according to police. The officer retreated and called for backup, which prompted a heavy police presence including a SWAT team. 

The suspected shooter, who police have not identified, was taken into custody without further incident.

Officers found a 38-year-old man was shot twice in the head on the second floor of the home, according to police. He was pronounced dead a short time later. 

The second victim was taken to Einstein Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

"This incident is just one of the many examples of the dangers that both police and citizens are facing every day here in our city," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said.

No charges have been reported at this time.


EDITOR'S NOTE: An earlier version of this story erroneously reported that police shot a suspect. That was not the case. Police report that no shots were fired by officers. 



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