2 gunmen open fire on 3 plainclothes officers in North Philadelphia
UPDATED 11:05 AM PT – Saturday, September 19, 2020
Philadelphia police are searching for two armed suspects, who fled the scene after an officer involved shooting. According to authorities, two men opened fire on a trio of plainclothes officers on Friday night.
The officers were in a car in the northern part of the city when they saw a man riding a bicycle near them. When they asked if the man was okay, he allegedly opened fire on the vehicle, causing the officers to crash into a fence.
When they returned fire, a second man down the street also started firing on the officers. A bullet reportedly penetrated the car, but was stopped by the officer’s bulletproof vest.
“Obviously this was an incredibly dangerous, outrageous situation,” stated Police Sergeant Eric Gripp. “We’re so fortunate, at this time, it looks like the officers are going to be okay.”
One of the suspects has since been identified as Jeffione Thomas.
**Wanted for Attempted Murder of Philadelphia Police Officers** VUFA and related offenses 1400 E. Sharpnack Street 9/18/20 8:04PM
28/B/M, 5’07”, 180LBS
***MALE IS CONSIDERED ARMED AND DANGEROUS – DO NOT APPROACH – CALL 911 WITH INFORMATION*** pic.twitter.com/xi9L5IZ3XW
— Philadelphia Police (@PhillyPolice) September 19, 2020
The incident remains under investigation.