Philadelphia drive-by shooting kills man; Undercover police shoot suspects in Germantown

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Two plainclothes Philadelphia police officers discharged their weapons Sunday night after witnessing a drive-by shooting that claimed the life of a man, officials say.

It happened around 6.42pm near the intersection of East Pastorius and Baynton Street as 14th District officers were investigating an unrelated homicide in the Germantown section of the city.

Investigators say a dark gray or silver Nissan SUV pulled up on the block and two or three suspects began shooting at a 31-year-old man who was walking down the street.

According to the police, the police car was also rammed.

“The officers were in an unmarked vehicle in the backdrop of this shooting, and in fact, their vehicle was hit once,” Philadelphia Police Inspector DF Pace said. “They didn’t know if they were ambushed or if there had been some other kind of gunfire. So they identified the vehicle and returned fire.”

Investigators say the suspects fired 27 bullets and hit the victim 15 times.

The victim was rushed by police to an area hospital where he later died.

Two officers fired approximately nine shots.

Investigators say it does not appear that police bullets injured anyone, but the whole incident is being investigated.

“This is an area that has been plagued by gun violence lately and officers have been deployed specifically to this location as part of monitoring some past homicides,” Pace said.

No arrests were made.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.

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