Body-camera footage released in police shooting of attempted murder suspect

Law enforcement officials have released video of a police officer involved in a shooting in Kensington.
Jose LeBron, charged with attempted murder, can be seen holding a weapon in footage from a police officer's body-camera following Wednesday's shooting. (Provided)

In a short, but intense video of body-camera footage released Thursday, a SEPTA police officer can be heard shouting at a man - who has been charged with attempted murder - to drop his weapon before the scene erupts in gunfire.

 

According to police, before the shooting, SEPTA police officers and officers in the city’s 24th police district, responded to the 400 block of East Somerset Street at about 7:33 p.m., following a report of a shooting.

 

There, they found a 48-year-old woman suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck, police said.

 

While officers were on scene, law enforcement officials said, the man believed responcible for the woman’s shooting, 37-year-old Jose LeBron, exited a home on the block while holding a firearm.

 

As can be seen in the video shared by law enforcement officials, officers demanded LeBron drop the weapon. However, police said that he instead began “alternatively pointing the firearm at his head and pointing it at officers arriving on the shooting scene.”

After he did not respond to demands to drop his weapon, law enforcement officials said that four Philadelphia Police officers and three officers with SEPTA’s police force fired at LeBron.

After the shooting, police said, LeBron was transported to Temple University Hospital where he was listed in stable condition with gunshot wounds to his right shoulder and both legs. The female victim, police said, was also transported to Temple University Hospital where she was listed in critical condition.

Officers at the scene recovered LeBron’s firearm, with several .40 caliber rounds, police said and there were no injuries to police or bystanders on the scene.

Lebron has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, firearm violations and related charges.

 
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