Cops: Man survived police shooting, 3-story jump, then was shot again

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Leroy Brown last month survived a gunshot wound from a Philadelphia police officer and a three-story jump from the window of a Delaware apartment building where he tried to hide out before he was shot a second time by a New Castle County police officer when he allegedly drove a stolen car into the cop.


Delaware authorities released new details Monday on the bizarre chain of events that led to the death of Brown, 28, March 29.

Brown was wanted on an unspecified warrant when cops approached him as he was getting into a van on the 5600 block of Whitby Avenue in Kingsessing around 5:39 p.m., according to authorities. He allegedly hit one of the officers with his vehicle and that officer, who claimed to see Brown reach under his seat, fired at Brown one time, hitting him in the left side, Philadelphia police said.


With a 26-year-old woman and four kids, ages 2 to 6, in the van, Brown fled the scene, police said. When his van broke down, Brown stole an unattended Dodge Avenger in Southwest Philadelphia and put all five of his passengers inside, according to police. He then drove 20 miles to an apartment building on the 100 block of Carriage Way in New Castle, Del.

When New Castle officers responded to the apartment to check for Brown around 7:45 p.m., he jumped from a third-floor apartment window – with a gunshot wound – and kept running, police said. He got back into the stolen car and pinned one of the officers with the vehicle, police said. Brown eventually pulled away, freeing the officer, but when he drove the vehicle towards the cop again, the officer fired, New Castle police said.

Brown was shot again but he continued to try to drive the vehicle and came to a stop only when he hit a park bench, police said. He was transported to Christiana Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.





The woman and four children with Brown escaped without injuries.

“This was a tragic situation that has undoubtedly altered the lives of all involved including the New Castle County Police Officer,” New Castle County Police Colonel Vaughn M. Bond said in a statement.













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