November 15, 2016
Police have announced charges Tuesday against a man who was shot in the back by an officer after a pursuit in the Olney section of North Philadelphia.
Rashaun Payne, 20, of Feltonville, was charged with violating the Uniform Firearms Act, resisting arrest and other related offenses.
On Saturday around 6 p.m., Payne allegedly led officers on a foot chase that ended when he was struck with a gunshot.
The incident began when two police officers, who were in uniform and traveling in a marked vehicle, discovered a minivan blocking a fire hydrant near the intersection of North Fourth Street and Lindley Avenue. When an officer approached the van, Payne opened the side door and ran.
A brief chase ensued, but the officer was able to catch up with Payne and push him into a parked car. As Payne regained his balance, the officer noticed a firearm in his hand.
Police said Payne started running toward the officer's partner when the officer fired his weapon. Payne was struck in the back, fell to the ground and dropped his weapon.
Payne was transported to Albert Einstein Medical Center where he had surgery. No other injuries were reported.
Investigators recovered narcotics and a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun from the scene.
The officer has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation by Internal Affairs and the District Attorney's Office.