Tables Turned: Man Shoots & Kills Would-Be Robber Impersonating Philadelphia Officer

Tables Turned: Man Shoots & Kills Would-Be Robbers Impersonating Philadelphia Officer
Tables Turned: Man Shoots & Kills Would-Be Robber Impersonating Philadelphia Officer (Image: Screenshot/YouTube/6abc Philadelphia)

According to police, a home invasion in Philadelphia involving men posing as cops ended in a fatal shooting when the victim turned the tables on the suspects.

Cops were called to the 7200 block of Battersby Street in Mayfair shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday for a report of a shooting.

A 25-year-old man had just came back home to a duplex on the block, according to authorities.

The resident was walking up the steps to his front door after parking his vehicle in a back driveway when he was confronted by two males. At least one male was armed with a gun and wore a fake police badge around his neck, according to police. He stated that he was a police officer.

“They tied his hands with zip ties around his back and threatened to kill him if he made any sudden moves. That’s when our victim realized these individuals were not police officers,” said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small.

The 25-year-old complainant was able to break free his hands and pull a gun from his pocket, according to police.

The complainant fired numerous shots at the men, three times hitting the police impersonator. The other suspect ran away from the scene on foot. He did not appear to have been hit, according to authorities.

The wounded suspect was rushed to Jefferson Torresdale Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The suspect’s gun, as well as the weapon fired by the 25-year-old resident, were recovered by authorities.

“I saw my neighbor outside speaking very loudly obviously he was very emotional.” said neighbor Ted Alicea.

Alicea says his neighbor was distraught after the attack.

He was excited telling police, ‘The guy identified himself, I thought it was a cop.’ He kept saying one guy got away,” said Alicea.

The victim and another woman who was present at the time were taken to the homicide division to give statements.

The second would-be robber is still on the loose.

The victim, according to police, had a concealed carry permit. At this time, no charges have been filed.


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