Shooting At KOP: KING OF PRUSSIA, Pennsylvania (CBS) After a hit-and-run chase outside of the King of Prussia Mall on Sunday, a police officer shot a 27-year-old armed Philadelphia man, according to the authorities. Around 2:30 pm, a shooting occurred near the Seasons 52 parking lot that leads to North Gulph Road. The suspect’s identity is being withheld at this time, said to Upper Merion Township Police Chief Thomas Nolan, but he will face charges.
According to a press release from the Upper Merion Township Police Department, authorities were alerted to a hit-and-run incident near the King of Prussia Mall’s Green Deck. Nolan said that the woman hit-and-run victim is well. According to the police, a bike officer discovered the suspect’s red Nissan Juke in the Green Deck, but the suspect quickly escaped the parking structure. The suspect attempted to leave the King of Prussia Mall parking lot through the Seasons 52 exit close to North Gulph Road, but he became backed up in traffic.
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The offender tried to flee again once police were able to approach behind his car, according to the authorities. When he spotted authorities, the man swerved right, hopped a curb, entered the Seasons 52 parking lot, and then crashed his car into a 4-foot stone wall, rendering it immobile. According to a press statement, the suspect also emerged from his car carrying a 9mm weapon as a cop got out of it and started walking toward it.
According to the authorities, the suspect and the cop fired their firearms, but only the suspect was wounded. At least two shots were fired at the suspect’s legs. He had non-life-threatening wounds when he was brought to Paoli Hospital. “Yes, it could’ve been very, very different,” Nolan said, “you know, you have the largest shopping mall by retail space in the country, Sunday before Christmas.”
“In this instance, the officer’s actions were brave. The fact that the cop was unharmed is a miracle, and the current state of affairs is not worse.” The incident occurred so close to the holidays, according to families at the mall, and they are stunned. Queen, a resident of Norristown, stated, “It’s not even so welcoming to even come in your place because there’s danger everywhere.” You only need to be safe because it doesn’t just have one precise location.
Nolan stated that it is yet unknown how many rounds were fired. The Montgomery County Detective Bureau is looking into the shooting. The officer who discharged their weapon is placed on administrative leave following Upper Merion Department protocol.
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