- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A man wounded by Philadelphia police a day after the Justice Department released a report examining hundreds of officer-involved shootings in the city, pointed a gun at officers while fleeing a bullet-ridden minivan, investigators said.

The 24-year-old man jumped over a wounded man lying next to the vehicle in the city’s Nicetown section and ran when officers arrived around 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Chief Inspector Scott Small said. He ignored their commands, Small said.

“The officer ordered the male to stop, drop the weapon, show his hands, stop running,” Small said. “The male refused. He turned. He pointed the weapon in the direction of both officers. That’s when one officer discharged his weapon.”

The man was wounded in the torso. Investigators say he three gunshot wounds and may have also been hit in the earlier shooting. Both men were hospitalized in stable condition.

The department is conducting two investigations into the shooting, per policy. Detectives are looking at whether the officer’s actions involved criminal wrongdoing. An internal affairs shooting team is probing possible administrative or policy violations.

A Justice Department assessment team Monday cited poor training, investigations and community relations in a review of the city’s nearly 400 officer-involved shootings since 2007.

The team said poor training had left Philadelphia police with the mistaken belief that fearing for their lives alone justifies using deadly force and that the shootings, involving mostly black suspects and 96 deaths, contributed to “significant strife and distrust” between the department and the community.

The assessment team recommends the city retrain officers in the use of force and community-oriented policing and form a single, specially trained investigative unit to investigate officer-involved shootings.

Mayor Michael Nutter created an independent oversight board Wednesday to monitor the implementation of the assessment team’s 91 recommendations for reforming the police department.


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