Police release name of officer, name and condition of man he shot

UPDATE — Philadelphia police revealed some new information on the shooting that happened earlier this week in Kensington, including the names of the people involved.

Monday night, on the 100 block of E. Wishart Street, it was 24th District Officer Mateo Garcia-Cardona who

“discharged his weapon several times.”

That was after Darin Lee kept walking toward Officer Garcia-Cardona with a utility knife, despite repeated orders from Officer Garcia-Cardona and his partner to drop the knife.

Lee “fell to his knees, but maintained possession of the utility knife. Additional officers converged” and ultimately disarmed him, according to police, who recovered an orange utility knife.

Police took Lee, 31 from East Germantown, to the hospital. Friday night, he remained in critical condition.

Lee is charged with robbery, aggravated assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, and related offenses.

There were no injuries to police, and the investigation is ongoing.


KENSINGTON — A person holding a knife and continuing to walk toward a Philadelphia police officer with it, despite repeated warnings, is listed in critical condition after the officer shot him.

The department said, in its preliminary investigation, the trouble started when two officers on duty in their marked patrol car saw a silver Nissan Titan SUV traveling in reverse, Monday night at about 10:15.

The SUV was going westbound on the 100 block of E. Wishart Street. That’s just on the Kensington side of Front Street.

Then, the officers saw a “male” walking by “jump on the vehicle’s driver’s door and reach into the vehicle through the driver’s window. At that point, the officers observed a commotion between the driver of the Nissan and the male pedestrian. The officers activated their emergency lights, and the Nissan sped away, north on Front Street. The male pedestrian fell from the vehicle and stood in the middle of the street.”

The officers got out of their police car and saw the person was armed with a utility knife like a box cutter in his hand.

Both officers ordered him to stop and drop the knife, but he

“ignored their verbal commands and began to walk toward the officers. Both officers back-pedaled away in a northward direction as they continually ordered the male to drop the knife.”

The suspect kept walking toward one of the officers, who repeatedly ordered him to drop the utility knife while backing up toward Allegheny Avenue.

As the officer approached Allegheny Avenue, with the armed suspect still walking toward him, the officer

“discharged his weapon several times, striking the male in the torso. The male fell to his knees, but maintained possession of the utility knife. Additional officers converged on the male and ultimately disarmed him.”

Police took him to the hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. An orange utility knife was found at the scene, and investigation is ongoing.

No police officers were hurt, and no names have been released, nor the suspect’s age.


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