After an off-duty Philadelphia police officer was carjacked at gunpoint early Friday morning, the officer shot seven times at his SUV as it sped away. Hours later his SUV was found on fire — and a 15-year-old who was dropped off at a hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand is being held as a suspect.
What are the details?
The officer was coming home after his shift and wasn't in uniform, WTXF-TV's Steve Keeley said during the station's report.
The officer said he was parking his Silver 2020 Toyota Highlander around 12:15 a.m. when a suspect with a gun stopped him, reached into the officer's pockets to grab his keys, then stole his vehicle, WXTF reported, citing Chief Inspector Scott Small.
Keeley said the suspect was dressed in a hoodie and was armed with a Glock handgun.
As the suspect made off with the cop's car, the officer fired seven times, hitting the driver’s side of the vehicle, KYW-TV reported, adding that it isn't known whether the carjacker was hit.
The suspect then crashed the officer's car into unattended parked cars near the intersection of 56th and Pentridge Streets in the southwest part of the city and then continued north on 56th Street, WTXF said, citing police.
Hours later, a vehicle was found burning in west Philadelphia, and it was identified as the officer's car, WTXF reported.
Suspect allegedly found
WTXF added that sources told Keeley that a 15-year-old who was dropped off at a hospital with a gunshot wound to the hand after the carjacking is being held as a suspect.