Man Shot by Police Outside Wyndmoor Home
Suspect shot after bizarre confrontation with homeowner
Police shot a man outside a Wyndmoor home early Monday evening following a bizarre confrontation that allegedly culminated with the suspect reaching for a police officer's gun during a hand-to-hand struggle.
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman's office said the owner of a home on Biddle Woods Road in the Wyndmoor section of Springfield called 9-1-1 after arriving home with his family to find an unknown man standing in his driveway.
The man then allegedly tried to open the homeowner's vehicle, at which point the homeowner confronted him and the man fled to the backyard of a neighboring house.
The district attorney's office said that when police arrived, the man was found in an "elevated garden tower" at a residence on the road. According to police, the man jumped ten feet to the ground when police approached, then ran around the house and into a marked patrol car.
Police said they ordered the man to get out of the car, at which point he allegedly attacked the officers. He allegedly punched one officer in the face and wrestled the other to the ground. During that struggle, he allegedly attempted to grab the officer's gun. The other officer then fired a single shot, police said. The man was struck in the abdomen and was taken to Einstein Hospital in Philadelphia for treatment.
The officers were taken to Abington Memorial Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Both sustained facial lacerations and one sustained a fractured nose and orbital bone, authorities said.
Authorities have not identified the suspect, describing him only as being 6-foot-2 and weighing 205 pounds.
The district attorney's office said that the county detectives' office is investigating the incident.