Traffic Stop Ends In Shooting Involving Philadelphia Police Officer

Jan Carabeo reports.

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JANELLE BURRELL: Traffic stop ends in a shooting involving a Philadelphia police officer. The suspect in that case is dead, and the officer is recovering this morning. Eyewitness News reporter Jan Carabeo is live at police headquarters with what investigators have uncovered so far. Jan?

JAN CARABEO: Janelle, good morning. It was pure chaos in Logan last night. Investigators are describing this as a shootout between police and a man that had been pulled over as part of a traffic stop. Now, as you mentioned, during the gunfire a police officer was shot and injured. That officer is expected to be OK.

Meantime, a 24-year-old man was shot and killed by police after police say he armed himself and shot at officers. Neighbors in Logan, rattled Wednesday night after gunfire erupts on the 1500 block of West Somerville Avenue.

- I heard gunfire, like, four on one side, then three, then maybe four more. When, by the time I got to the door, an ATV was going that way, police cars was going that way.

- I've just seen a lot of cops running and driving down the street, coming from different directions.

JAN CARABEO: Investigators say the gunfire started around 6:45 during a traffic stop. Police pulled over this vehicle with four people inside. Investigators say officers ran their names and discovered at least two of them had outstanding warrants.

DANIELLE OUTLAW: They called for backup. As the backup arrived, then at least four officers reapproached the vehicle. And as they asked the right rear passenger of the vehicle to exit the vehicle, that passenger then produced a firearm and there was a confrontation in which gunfire was exchanged.

JAN CARABEO: Police say a 24-year-old man who fired at police was shot multiple times and rushed to Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. One officer was also shot in the foot, but is expected to recover. Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw says the investigation is just beginning.

DANIELLE OUTLAW: For someone to shoot at a police officer is very telling, and it makes you wonder not only what was going on in their mind at the time, but what is it that they're trying to get away from?

JAN CARABEO: The other people in that car are now being questioned by police. No one else was injured.

DANIELLE OUTLAW: I'm just glad that it didn't extend further than what it did. But again, there's a process involved in this. We'll continue to gather facts. And my expectation is that, you know, we continue to do what we're trained to do within policy, and our officers will continue to do just that.

JAN CARABEO: Now, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. We are awaiting an update about those outstanding warrants, as well as what prompted the traffic stop last night. We are also waiting for police to release the identity of the 24-year-old man who was shot and killed.

We do expect some updates later on today. Of course, we will bring them to you as soon as we hear them. Reporting live outside police headquarters, Jan Carabeo, CBS 3 Eyewitness News. Back to you.

JIM DONOVAN: Thank you, Jan.