Man shot and killed by police as he tries to run them down with his car

Man shot and killed by police as he tries to run them down with his car

Groundhog Day is not for another month, but we think it’s safe to predict another six weeks (or is that another six months?) of stories like this one from the Associated Press (via Yahoo News):

A man who had posted an online video threatening to kill police and FBI agents tried to use his car to run down officers seeking to arrest him on Tuesday so, fearing for their lives, they shot and killed him, authorities said.

Police did not immediately identify the man, who was killed in Upper Darby, in suburban Philadelphia, as officers ordered him out of the car and he appeared ready to accelerate at them as they manned a blockade.

Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said the officers feared the man would kill them and they “did what they had to do.” He said five officers fired at the man and no officers were injured.

Chitwood went on to add that police had secured an arrest warrant for the man, whom they began following after he left a home in nearby Clifton Heights. Eventually officers stopped him at an intersection and ordered him out of the car, at which point he threw the vehicle into reverse and slammed into a police car. As he prepared to run down the arresting officers, they opened fire, killing the man.

The man did not fire at police, and Chitwood said he did not know if the man had a weapon.

LU Staff

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