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Off-duty officer shoots, kills Va. driver trying to run down people in South Philly

Off-duty officer shoots, kills Va. driver trying to run down people in South Philly. (Photo: WPVI/Chopper 6)

Police say an off-duty Philadelphia police officer shot a driver from Arlington, Virginia who appeared to be intentionally trying to run down people in South Philadelphia.

Capt. Sekou Kinebrew told reporters that a bicycle officer reported at about 7:30 a.m. Monday that he saw a car driving erratically near Broad and Bigler.

Kinebrew said the driver "was apparently attempting to run people over." One person was hit by the vehicle but the injuries weren't believed to be life-threatening.

Another driver had blocked the path of the suspect's car, and the off-duty officer approached him and struggled with him.

During the struggle, the officer shot the man once in the head, critically injuring him. The man later died, police said.

The officer fired more than a dozen shots, police said. The officer was not injured.

The driver who was shot has not been identified. Police say he was driving a black Honda with Maryland plates and held a Virginia driver's license.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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