Man shot by police while lunging for officer’s gun

Posted on April 28, 2009. Filed under: Pennsylvania, shot by police |

Philadelphia, PA – A 28-year-old year old Logan man was killed by police yesterday during a violent confrontation with officers.

The incident began about 1 p.m. when the patrolman, Officer Richard DeCoatsworth, asked a group of people to move from the corner of Warnock Street and Lindley Avenue. That’s when Anthony Temple, whose mother described him as schizophrenic, confronted DeCoatsworth and lunged for his gun, police sources said.

During a struggle, DeCoatsworth’s gun went off, striking Temple, who then ran off, according to sources.

As Temple fled down Lindley, he encountered Officer Sean Boyle, who works for neighborhood services, police sources said. A second confrontation unfolded, with Temple grabbing Boyle’s gun as the two struggled. An officer from the 35th District, James Kelly, arrived as backup and shot Temple, who collapsed and was pronounced dead at the scene by medics a short time later. More on Philadelphia Inquirer

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