An off-duty Philadelphia police officer shot and killed a Muslim driver accused of attacking him and also intentionally striking a pedestrian in South Philadelphia Monday morning. But don’t expect to hear that the driver was a Muslim from the mainstream media.
NBC Police say Khalil Lawal, 31, of Arlington, Virginia, was driving a black Honda Civic south on Broad near Marconi Plaza around 7:30 a.m. He then made a left onto Bigler Street and struck a man who was exiting his parked car. Investigators say it appears Lawal did this intentionally.
As he approached the intersection, a Good Samaritan used his truck to block his path, according to investigators. The Good Samaritan told Lawal he had struck a pedestrian. Lawal then allegedly chased the Good Samaritan on foot before walking back to his Honda.
As Lawal walked back to his vehicle, an off-duty detective who witnessed the incident approached him and identified himself as an officer, police said. Police say the detective told Lawal to get on the ground. They also say they obtained surveillance video showing the detective drawing his department-issued weapon and Lawal, who was around 6-foot tall and weighed around 250 pounds, charging at him.
“They got into a violent struggle where the male struck the detective several times,” said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross. Police say several shots were fired during the struggle as Lawal tried to disarm the officer. “All we heard was pop, pop, pop, pop, pop. A lot of shots,” a witness told NBC10. “And people running and scurrying around. It was really scary.
The officer was taken to the hospital and treated for head and shoulder injuries. He was later released. The pedestrian who was struck by the suspect’s vehicle was also treated at the hospital and later released.