A man driving a car in Philadelphia allegedly hit one pedestrian and attempted to run over others before he was shot by an off-duty police officer on Monday.
Terrorism might be the possible motive of the suspect, who was driving a black Honda, Fox News reported. He seriously injured one person.
The driver, who was shot in the head, is in “extremely critical condition” after he was taken to the hospital, police told Fox News.
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“Anytime someone is trying to run people over we got to look at that angle and see what the investigation leads us,” a police spokesman was quoted as saying.
The 30-year-old driver’s name was not released, according to Philly.com.
Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said the driver was seen driving erratically on Broad Street around 7:30 a.m. A few minutes later, on Bigler Street, the man hit a 40-year-old pedestrian, flipping the pedestrian onto the hood of his car, according to the Philly.com report.
Kinebrew told 6ABC that the suspect “was apparently attempting to run people over.”
An off-duty detective was driving and got out of his vehicle to respond. The driver of the Honda then emerged from the vehicle and “began scuffling with the detective,” said the report.
The detective fired at least 10 shots at the man, hitting him in the face.
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Fox reported that the off-duty officer made a verbal warning before he fired his gun.
The pedestrian was hospitalized after the incident. Officials said the 40-year-old was able to get up and walk.