Police say officers have shot and killed a man armed with a butcher knife in northeast Philadelphia.
Lt. John Stanford said officers were called to the Oxford Circle section of the city at about 7 a.m. Saturday and found the man in the middle of the street “with knife in hand.”
He says the officers used the bumper of their vehicle to knock him to the ground and then used pepper spray on him, but he ran toward them and they fired.
He says at least three officers were finally able to wrest the knife from the man, who was later pronounced dead at Aria Health Torresdale Hospital.
Stanford said a witness corroborated the officers’ accounts. A seven-inch butcher knife was recovered. The 23-year-old man’s name hasn’t yet been released.