It happened at the 1500 block of West Somerville Avenue, just before 7 p.m.
Sources tell Action News that the officer was shot dead during a traffic stop.
There were three men and one woman in the vehicle when at least one man opened fire on the officer.
NEW DETAILS: Philadelphia police stopped a vehicle and asked the man in the back seat to exit. Police said he got out and started shooting. At least 5 officers returned the fire. One of the officers fired at his left leg. The accused shooter was declared dead at the hospital @ 6abc #Police #Philly pic.twitter.com/X4CCk7Sblx
– Sharrie Williams (@WilliamsSharrie) April 8, 2021
Action News learned that the officer had been shot in the leg and was currently hospitalized in a stable condition.
The Sgt. According to a 24-year-old man who was inside the vehicle, he was fatally wounded in a gun exchange with five police officers. Eric Gripp at the Philadelphia Police Department.
There was no immediate news of what triggered the traffic.
Stay tuned for Action News as we continue to follow this evolving story.
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