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Philadelphia police call deadly shootout 'absolute tragedy'

Homeowner killed, officer critically wounded

PHILADELPHIA - A shooting that left a Philadelphia homeowner dead and an officer critically wounded apparently stemmed from the homeowner's mistaken belief his home was being broken into.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the 59-year-old homeowner apparently didn't hear SWAT officers announce they were police officers serving a warrant, although neighbors reported hearing it early Monday.

Ross said the man reportedly told his wife to flee out the back and opened fire, hitting 49-year-old Ofc. Jaison Potts in the face. Potts was last reported to be in critical condition but is expected to survive and is scheduled for surgery Tuesday.

Police said the homeowner was hit by return fire and later died. They said officers were looking for the couple's 20-year-old grandson, who has turned himself in on a weapons violation charge.

Ross called the shooting an "all-out absolute tragedy all the way around."


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