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May 04, 2016

Two separate police-involved shootings – one fatal – reported overnight in Philadelphia

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A Philadelphia police car.

Two separate police-involved shootings, one of which resulted in the death of a suspect, occurred late Tuesday into early Wednesday in Philadelphia, 6ABC reports.

The fatal incident occurred at around 1 a.m. in the Overbrook section of the city.

Police told 6ABC that plainclothes officers in an unmarked vehicle pursued what they deemed to be a suspicious vehicle, eventually calling in additional officers in a marked vehicle.

According to authorities, an unidentified male attempted to elude police, and when officers in both the marked and unmarked cars surrounded the vehicle and began to approach it, he allegedly drove at them. 

That's when police said one of the plainclothes officers fired four shots at the suspect, who was hit in the chest and pronounced dead at a hospital.

He was found to have been unarmed, and an investigation is underway, 6ABC reports.

The second incident occurred hours prior at around 11 p.m. Tuesday on the 5300 block of Grays Avenue in the southwest section of the city.

Police told 6ABC officers followed the sound of gunshots to an unidentified man in his 40s firing shots in the air from a back porch.

When officers approached the man, he allegedly fired a shot at them.

Police said one of the officers fired back and struck him in the leg.

He was arrested at the scene and was taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he is said to be in stable condition.

Read both reports at 6ABC.