- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Authorities in Philadelphia are investigating the police shooting of an erratic motorist several minutes after a commanding officer apparently called off the chase.

Rudolph Keitt, 47, was shot by police after striking four officers with his car last month, authorities said. He survived and is now in custody on attempted murder charges, even as his lawyer insists he was having a seizure caused by a reaction to new schizophrenia medicine. Attorney Brian Mildenberg said the charges should be dropped.

“This was a medical event from the get-go, and there is no reason at this time, with all of the information we have, that he should actually be charged with crimes like attempted murder,” Mildenberg said.

WCAU-TV reported Wednesday that police radio traffic shows that a commanding officer had called off the pursuit.

Police had followed the vehicle after Keitt struck three officers who responded to the initial scene, where he had crashed his car into a wall.

The radio calls indicate that at least one police supervisor ordered a halt to the chase because of concerns the driver would injure more officers.

“Break it off,” a commander ordered.

Some officers confirmed that they heard the order and were pulling over, according to the radio traffic, captured on the website Broadcastify.com. But others caught up with Keitt, only to have him strike a fourth officer. That officer’s partner opened fire, fearing Keitt would drive over him, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Keitt, shot in the chest, managed to drive home before collapsing.

“I’m concerned about the entire incident,” Ramsey told the Inquirer on Wednesday.

However, he said he needs a broader picture of the chain of events. The shooting is being reviewed by Internal Affairs.

“If (a supervisor) terminates a pursuit, then a pursuit should be terminated,” Ramsey said. Still, he said, “You can’t just hit four people and we say, ‘No harm, no foul.’”

The Inquirer reported Thursday that it’s not clear if the officers who continued to follow Keitt worked in the same division and would have heard the radio commands to halt the chase.

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