A 35-year-old Philadelphia police officer was rushed to the hospital after he was shot in the leg and attacked with a pickaxe and hammer Tuesday.
The incident started when police were called to a landlord-tenant dispute around 3:30 p.m. on the 5700 block of Overbrook Avenue in the city’s Wynnefield section, Action News 6 ABC is reporting.
That’s where officers walked into a home and were confronted by a 31-year-old man wielding a hammer and a pickaxe, reports indicate.
He refused to drop the weapons when ordered to do so and attacked, knocking the 35-year-old officer to the ground and attacking him with the weapons, reports indicate.
“All units! All units! My partner’s down,” another officer shouted into the radio, NBC 10 is reporting.
Police opened fire, striking the suspect, who died later at the hospital, reports indicate. He has not yet been identified.
Police have not yet said how the officer who was attacked was struck by gunfire, but reports indicate the suspect does not appear to have been armed with handgun.
But the officer is in stable condition.
“The good news is that he’s talking, he’s smiling, he’s laughing, he’s in good spirits. We do believe that he’s going to have to have surgery,” police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw told reporters.
Police are investigating, speaking to witnesses and reviewing body-worn camera footage.