PHILADELPHIA, PA – Police say that at least 20 people were hurt in more than a dozen shootings over the weekend across the city of Philadelphia. However, one robber got more than the money he demanded.
The incident occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday night at a Wingstop on the 2100 block of Cottman Avenue. The restaurant was open at the time of the robbery.
Police say the 53-year-old male robber walked into the Northeast Philadelphia restaurant wearing a mask and gloves, went behind the counter, and pointed a gun at the employees. He demanded they give him all the money.
Police say that was when another customer walked into the takeout establishment.
According to investigators, as the customer walked in, the robber pointed his gun at him and demanded he hand over his cellphone. The customer pulled out a firearm he is licensed to carry and fired one shot at the suspect, hitting him in the neck.
The suspect later died of his injuries.
When police arrived on the scene, the robbery suspect was behind the counter and pronounced dead. The unnamed suspect was known to have had run-ins with the police in the past.
The customer who fired the shot, only identified as a man in his late 20s, was interviewed by detectives and no charges have been filed at this time.
Latest Philadelphia homicide “likely to be very quickly ruled justifiable” @phillypolice tell FOX29 News. 53 yr old armed robber with prior arrests was in mid-hold up of WINGSTOP on Cottman Ave past 10pm & was shot&killed by customer with concealed carry permit @FOX29philly pic.twitter.com/1ZkZQXGVgE
— Steve Keeley (@KeeleyFox29) November 30, 2020
“The customer who was also a victim because he had the gun pointed at him remained on scene, did cooperate with the police. We do have his weapon and we know that just one shot was fired from that customer.”
Police say they have videotape footage and are reviewing it. The incident remains under investigation.
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Philly DA’s Office gun violence counselor shoots armed robber, officials say the robber was a ‘sex worker’ – no charges
October 22, 2020
According to local officials, a 31-year-old male “sex worker” had tried to rob an employee from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office at gunpoint.
But apparently, the would-be victim was also carrying a weapon and shot and killed the armed robber in self-defense.
Here are the details we know so far.
Of course there's no charges. Clear case of self-defense. Don't try to rob people.
— Libertarian Populism (@SemperArgentum) October 22, 2020
The incident was said to have taken place just before 10:00 a.m. on October 20th within the 2600 block of North Napa Street in the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood.
At this time, officials have not released the name of the deceased nor the victim.
According to Philadelphia Police, the armed robber had held up a gun violence counselor that is employed by the DA’s office, which the gun violence counselor produced his weapon and shot the “sex worker” in the chest.
The counselor was not injured during the incident.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office have thus far been viewing the incident as a case of self-defense, according to a spokesperson from the AG’s Office as of October 21st, and they stated that the victim specifically works within the DA’s Immediate Response Team.
Guess that social worker thing (instead of cops) is going out the window now? ?
— The Autonomy Project (@autonomy_the) October 21, 2020
Considering the possible speculation of bias related to the investigation, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office stated that their office is not personally handling the case:
“This is an active investigation that has been appropriately referred to another agency. We have no further comment at this time.”
As of this time, no charges have been filed against the DA’s office employee regarding the incident.
Flashback to another story from LET about an armed citizen coming to the rescue in 2017:
Trooper’s Attacker Stopped by Armed Motorist
January 14, 2017
TONOPAH, Ariz. – A suspect is dead and an Arizona Department of Public Safety trooper is recovering after he was ambushed and shot early Thursday on Interstate 10, according to DPS officials.
Col. Frank Milstead, DPS director, said the suspect was shot and killed near Tonopah by a good Samaritan who pulled off the interstate to help the trooper, reported 12News.
“I don’t know if my trooper would be alive today without his assistance,” Milstead said.
Arizona DPS officials identified him as Trooper Edward Anderson. He is a 27-year veteran.
Anderson underwent surgery for gunshot wounds to his right shoulder and chest area. He is listed in serious but stable condition in ICU.
The shooting occurred at the scene of a fatal rollover crash that claimed the life a woman who was ejected. DPS officials say Anderson spotted the wreck as he responded to a report of shots being fired at another motorist’s vehicle.
Milstead said a call came in early Thursday morning from a driver who said their car had been shot at from the median of I-10 at milepost 81 — just east of California.
The trooper was on his way to investigate the call when he discovered a rollover fatality near milepost 89.
The suspect ambushed the trooper as he began blocking off lanes of traffic and laying out flares, according to Milstead.
After sustaining gunshot wounds in the surprise attack, the suspect was “getting the better of the trooper” in a fight that immediately followed, according to the report. The trooper lost the use of his right arm and hand due to the shooting, Milstead reported during the news conference.
Milstead said the suspect was on top of the trooper striking his head on the pavement, when a man and his wife traveling westbound I-10 pulled over to help.
After confirming the trooper was in dire straits and required assistance, the man retrieved a gun from his car. He fired at the suspect after the the man refused to stop attacking the trooper, according to Milstead. The man called for help using the trooper’s radio, and the attacker died after being shot by the Good Samaritan.
CNN reported the following communication broadcast by the armed citizen: “Hello. Officer down, officer down outside Tonopah. Come in, please,” the man says, according to audio archived on Broadcastify. “He’s in real bad shape. Please send air support, helicopter, please.”
Milstead publicly thanked the unnamed man during a news conference from the hospital. He also thanked the citizens of Arizona for backing law enforcement.
— Dept. of Public Safety (@Arizona_DPS) January 12, 2017
At the outset, DPS is unsure if the rollover fatality is related to the shooting suspect. The names of the deceased were not released.
According to the colonel, the trooper’s first words to him from his hospital bed were, “Sir, you don’t need to be here. You don’t need to make such a fuss of this.”
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