An armed robbery suspect was shot and wounded by police on Wednesday morning in West Philadelphia. The shooting occurred around 6 a.m. after police received a call about a robbery in progress.
According to a report by 6ABC, the suspect has been identified as Marquis Cantland, a resident of the 5900 block of Addison Street in West Philadelphia. He is currently hospitalized in critical condition. Police say he has prior arrests for aggravated assault and drug offenses.
In an interview with 6ABC, Philadelphia Police Captain Anthony Ginaldi said officers from the 18th Police District responded to the call and learned that a person walking to work had just been robbed at gunpoint.
The officers conducted a search of the area and spotted someone matching the suspect’s description. One of the responding officers pursued him on foot as the officer’s partner pursued him in a patrol car.
After a while, the suspect stopped, then allegedly drew a weapon and waited to ambush the officer pursuing him on foot.
According to Ginaldi, the officer in the patrol car spotted the suspect first and ordered him to drop the gun multiple times. The suspect stood there, waiting for the officer to turn the corner. When the suspect failed to obey the command, the partner fired his gun once, striking the suspect in the stomach.
The suspect was rushed to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center and was immediately taken into surgery.
Officers say they recovered the suspect’s weapon at the scene, and that the robbery victim has identified it as the same weapon used in the robbery.
The robbery victim escaped unhurt, and no police officers were injured in the incident.