An attempted robbery of a 67-year-old black man by two other men occurred in Cobbs Creek Park, Upper Darby, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, February 4th (click on the above picture to enlarge). The park is a little west of the Philadelphia Zoo. The police chief says in a video to NBC 10 News: “to be quite frank with you, [the permit holder] did what he had to do.” From the Delaware County Daily Times:
The shooter, a Philadelphia man with a permit to carry a concealed weapon, told police he was walking by himself through the park around 2:30 p.m.when he heard someone running up behind him.
“When he turns around, he sees a guy with a mask covering half of his face and he’s got a gun in his right hand,” Chitwood said. . . .
“A struggle ensues – this is a 67-year-old tangling with a much younger man – and as (the robbery victim) starts to lose his balance, he reaches into his waistband and pulls out his gun, a .38-caliber revolver,” Chitwood said. “As he’s falling backwards, he fires one shot.”
The robbery suspect, described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s, was shot once in the head and pronounced dead at the scene. . . .
The shooter, described as a retired black male with no criminal history, called 911 to report the incident and, after complaining of chest pains, was transported to Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Chitwood said the man was born and raised in the area and often walks through the park for exercise. . . .
NBC 10 in Philadelphia reports: “67-year-old man was walking when he was confronted by two masked men. One was carrying a stick and the other a toy gun. . . . Chitwood said the toy looked like a real weapon and police didn’t know it was a fake until they got a close look at it.”