Philadelphia Police Officer Reginald Green has been identified as the officer who was struck and injured Wednesday evening by a van driven by a fleeing suspect -- a man who was shot by Green during the encounter and later by police in Delaware. Green, of the 12th District, is an eight-year veteran of the force.
The suspect, 28, who has not been identified, was shot by Green at 56th Street and Whitby Avenue in Kingsessing after Green said he saw the man reach under the seat of his vehicle, according to police. The suspect had been reported to have had a gun. The suspect drove away with five passengers - a 26-year-old woman and four young children, police said.
Later that evening, the suspect was intercepted in Delaware by New Castle County Police officers and shot again. He was pronounced dead at the Christiana Medical Center.
Green had sustained abrasions and contusions to his right thigh and left elbow in the initial altercation.
Philadelphia Police Department policy generally prohibits officers from shooting at a car unless they are in imminent danger of death "by means other than the vehicle."
The charges the deceased was wanted for had not been released as of Saturday.