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Philly Teen Accidentally Shoots Himself While Fleeing Police

Posted on the 24 April 2011 by Mikeb302000 reports
An 18-year-old man fleeing police was fatally shot with his own gun when police tackled him in North Philadelphia early Friday, authorities said.
Khalil Burton, whose last known address was the 500 block of McKinley Street in the Crescentville section, died at Temple University Hospital about 5 a.m.
Just after midnight, police responded to a call about a person with a gun at 13th and Cambria Streets. They saw Burton nearby, police said.
Burton fled and the officers gave chase, tackling him on the 2900 block of North Broad Street, police said. When Burton fell, his gun went off, wounding him in the groin.
That's one fleet-footed officer of the law. Maybe that's the problem with the others who shoot fleeing suspects in the back, they eat too many donuts. Not this guy though. He ran the street dealer down and tackled him. Does that sound credible to you?
Other than that, taking the story as reported (I hate to add too much of my own), I'd say this Philadelphia cop is to be commended. Too bad for the suspect who has no more chance of turning his life around, admittedly there may not have been much chance before, but sudden death is always a tragic waste.
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