An unarmed pizza delivery was shot by two Philadelphia police officers who profiled him as a shooting suspect, reports NBC Philadelphia.
Philippe Holland, 20, was delivering pizza for Slices and More Pizzeria and Grill when shots rang out in the neighborhood around 10:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.
Holland, who is Black and was wearing hoodie, was returning to his vehicle when two plain-clothes policemen approached him.
“They responded to gunshots. They’re surveying the area and they see this male walking with a hoodie,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross. “He’s got his hands in his pocket and at that time, they order him to stop, and identify themselves.”
Police officers speculated that Holland may have thought he was being robbed because he continued to his car and began to back up.
The officers, allegedly fearful that he would run them over, opened fire, striking Holland in the leg, neck and head.
According to NBC Philadelphia, an investigation has been launched by the Internal Affairs division of the Philadelphia Police Department and the officers, who cover the 12th district, have been removed from street duty.
“Unfortunately, it just appears like it’s a set of circumstances that no one could have predicted and we’re just hopeful that this male survives,” Ross said.
Read more from the NY Daily News: