A Philadelphia police officer fatally shot a man Wednesday afternoon who led police on a car chase after allegedly shooting a man in Bucks County, authorities said.
In a law enforcement account of the incident, police said the officer, whose name has not been released, shot 29-year-old Terrance Bey in the head after Bey was seen firing at police.
An officer from the Lower Makefield Township Police Department, who had been pursuing Bey from the initial scene, also fired at least one shot during the exchange, which occurred near the corner of Whitaker Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard in the Lower Northeast, authorities said.
Investigators recovered a handgun with a vandalized serial number from Bey, police said.
Someone called 911 on Bey at around 2 p.m. Wednesday to report a “possible armed domestic,” police said, at an apartment complex on the 2000 block of Veterans Highway in Middletown Township.
Police said a Middletown Township officer, after being pointed toward Bey, tried to get his attention, and Bey ran away. Seconds later, a shot was heard, and the officer saw a suspected bullet hole in a sliding glass door.
A man had been shot, and Bey left the scene in a Volvo, according to authorities.
The chase ended on the Boulevard when a Lower Makefield police sergeant used a PIT maneuver to hit the Volvo, making it spin out. He then rammed Bey’s car and heard multiple gunshots, police said.
Bey was running toward a gas station and pointing his gun at police when the officer, assigned to the 15th Police District, shot him, according to law enforcement. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The decision to utilize deadly force is a decision that police officers hope they will never have to make,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a statement Thursday. “I am grateful that there were no additional injuries to civilians or police officers, and hope for a fast and full recovery to the victim of the initial shooting.”
Outlaw said the incident will be investigated internally with evidence presented to the District Attorney’s Office, a customary procedure for police shootings.