Philadelphia authorities are investigating the shooting of Philippe Holland, 20, a pizza deliveryman who was shot three times by plainclothes officers Tuesday night. The incident occurred after his final delivery, according to CBS News.
Holland was walking away from a home where he had just dropped off a cheeseburger deluxe and had his hoodie up and hands in his pocket. Officers responding to a report of gun shots in the area say they identified themselves to Holland and attempted to stop him. The young man entered his Ford Taurus and began driving toward the officers.
What happened next is still unclear.
"Until we talk to him we won't have all the answers, but he may have thought he was being robbed," Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer. Robberies of pizza deliverers are not uncommon in Philadelphia. This was one of two jobs Holland worked to put himself through school.
"Although the officers said they announced that they were officers, in an area like that, everyone was hyper vigilant — both the officers and the person who was shot — and it turned out not to be a good result," Ramsey continued.
Ramsey said it's Philadelphia police policy not to shoot at moving vehicles, but that it is too early to tell whether the officers used good judgment during the encounter.
"This will all be looked at very thoroughly," Ramsey added. "It's a very unfortunate set of circumstances, and I certainly hope the man can recover fully from his injuries."
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