Man shot by Philly police may have feared robbery

Police say a man shot and wounded by plainclothes officers in Philadelphia was a pizza deliveryman who may have mistaken them for robbers.

Police say two officers responding to a report of gunshots just before 10 p.m. Tuesday in southwest Philadelphia saw a man walking down the street and tried to stop him.

Police say the man jumped into a car and drove toward the officers, who fired because they feared for their safety.

Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross says the man may not have heard the officers identify themselves. He said it appears to be “a totally unfortunate situation.”

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Authorities say the 20-year-old Upper Darby resident is in critical condition at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with gunshot wounds to the head, neck and leg.

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