Off-Duty Philadelphia Police Detective Stops Armed Robbery While Picking Up Take-out

A screen grab from video taken outside of Rising Sun Pizza Shop in Philadelphia. (PHOTO CREDIT: WPVI)
A screen grab from video taken outside of Rising Sun Pizza Shop in Philadelphia. (PHOTO CREDIT: WPVI)

An off-duty police detective fatally shot an armed robbery suspect while picking up takeout food in Philadelphia late Thursday night, according to authorities.

The detective was picking up his order at Rising Sun Pizza when two armed robbers entered the shop, according to Chief Inspector Scott Small of the Philadelphia Police Department. One of the robbers took a $20 bill from the detective’s hand before putting a gun to his head and forcing him to the ground, Small added.

“They put their gun on his face, and took his $20,” said Samuel Nalbandian, the owner of the Rising Sun Pizza who was not present at the shooting but was briefed on the matter by his employees, including his son. “Then they turned and pointed the gun at my son.”

When the suspects turned to the counter, the detective identified himself and pulled out his firearm, according to Nalbandian.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Evan Simon

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