Crime Investigations
Police on Patrol Thom Carroll, File/PhillyVoice

March 18, 2016

Police shoot charging pit bull as suspect escapes in his underwear

The incident occurred as police attempted to serve the suspect a warrant Friday morning

Philadelphia police are still searching for a suspect who reportedly fled his Port Richmond home in just his underwear early Friday morning.

According to NBC10, the incident occurred at around 5:45 a.m. when police were assisting the First Judicial Court’s Warrant Unit in serving a felony warrant to the unidentified suspect at a home along Weikel Street in Port Richmond. 

According to NBC10, the male suspect came to the door of the home with several pit bulls inside and alerted police that he would let the animals into the backyard.

In doing so, however, he made his escape on foot, police told NBC10.

The dogs allegedly got back into the house in the midst of the commotion, and one reportedly launched itself at police and was shot. 

The animal is being treated for a gunshot wound, NBC10 reports. There is no update on its condition.

Read the full NBC10 report here.