Memo Re BB Guns and PPD Shootings

Summary of Philadelphia Police Department shooting incidents involving BB guns from 2007 to 2013
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   To: Public Safety Committee From: Kelvyn Anderson, Executive Director, Police Advisory Commission Re: Police shootings involving BB Guns  Attached are PPD summaries of 7 officer-involved shootings between 2007 & 2013 where BB guns  were used by the assailants. I identified these yesterday after creating a searchable file of all shooting summaries posted on the PPD website.    Police Shooting Number   Date   Location   Offender Wounded or Killed   Offender Arrested   Officer Wounded or Killed   District Attorney's Action   Use of Force Review Board Determination   13 632013-10-25   2600 block of N. 28th Street   No   Yes   No   Declined   Not Scheduled   10-65 “B” and Ontario St   10-743300 Brighton St   09-204200 Grissom   09-3950th Walton   07-27   07-50300 block of Fitzwater St      Officers discharged their weapons in all 7 incidents    Officers missed the offender in 5 of the incidents.    Officers discharged and struck the offender in 2 of the incidents, resulting in injuries    PS# 07-27 involved juveniles. The officer discharged her weapon, but missed the offender.    Districts where these incidents occurred include 3rd (1); 15th (2); 18th (1); 22nd (1); and 25th (1) Kelvyn Anderson Executive Director Police Advisory Commission 990 Spring Garden St, Phila PA 19123 215-685-0872    PS# 07-27 4/21/07 On 4/21/07, at approximately 12:57 A.M., a uniformed officer stopped several juveniles in a  playground for investigation. The officer exited her vehicle and detained one of the males. While investigating this male, a second male retrieved a hooded sweatshirt from the ground and a handgun fell from the clothing. The officer drew her weapon and ordered the offender to stop. The offender picked up the handgun and the officer discharged her weapon missing the offender. The offender dropped the weapon and was arrested without further incident. The offender’s weapon was determined to be a BB gun and was recovered at the scene.    PS# 07-50 8/2/07 On 8/2/07, at approximately 1:38 A.M., uniformed officers were waved down by a witness, who stated that two males had robbed the complainant, point of gun, minutes earlier. The officers surveyed the area with the two civilians. The complainant and witness identified two males who were walking east in the 300 block of Fitzwater Street, as the males who had robbed the complainant. The officers ordered the offenders to stop. The offenders ran north on 3 rd  Street and one offender threw a weapon to the ground in front of a residence in the 700 block of S. 3 rd  Street. The offenders ran west on Monroe Street with an officer pursuing on foot and another officer in the patrol car. The offender who had discarded the weapon stopped in the 700 block of S. 4 th  Street with his hands inside his waistband. One officer ordered him to show his hands, but he refused. The officer then discharged, missing the offender. The offender ran east on Monroe Street where he was apprehended by the second officer. The other offender was apprehended at 5 th  and Bainbridge Streets. The weapon discarded by the first offender was recovered and found to be a BB gun.    PS# 09-20 3/4/09 On 3/4/09, at approximately 11:49 P.M., an officer, on-duty and in uniform, was stopped by a witness who relayed that an offender with a handgun had attempted to rob her at Frankford and Torresdale Avenues. The witness told the officer she had grabbed the butt end of the gun and tried to wrestle it away from the offender. The offender then ran on Frankford Avenue toward Womrath Street. The witness observed the offender get into the front passenger seat of a white Acura. The witness and the officer observed the white Acura in the 4200 block of Grissom Street. The offender exited the passenger side door and fled south on Grissom Street, where he dropped a replica Dessert Eagle gun on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of Adams Avenue. The offender turned the corner and ran westbound on Adams Avenue. The officer pursued the offender on foot, and when the officer turned the corner at Adams and Grissom, the second offender was positioned in front of a maroon Lincoln pointing a handgun in his direction. The officer discharged his firearm, missing the offender. The offender threw his firearm underneath the Lincoln and fled west on Adams Avenue. He was apprehended in the rear of a yard on the 1500 block of Womrath Street. The offender’s firearm, a BB gun, was recovered.
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