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The Latest: Police call deadly shootout ‘absolute tragedy’

August 6, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on a shooting that wounded a Philadelphia police officer serving a warrant (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Police say a shooting that left a Philadelphia homeowner dead and an officer critically wounded apparently stemmed from the homeowner’s mistaken belief his home was being broken into.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross says the 59-year-old homeowner apparently didn’t hear SWAT officers announce they were police officers serving a warrant, although neighbors reported hearing it early Monday.

Ross says the man reportedly told his wife to flee out the back and opened fire, hitting 49-year-old Officer Jaison Potts in the face. Potts is in critical condition but is expected to survive and is scheduled for surgery Tuesday.

Police say the homeowner was hit by return fire and later was pronounced dead. They say officers were looking for the couple’s 20-year-old grandson, who has turned himself in on a weapons violation charge.

Ross calls the shooting an “all-out absolute tragedy all the way around.”

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8:20 a.m.

Authorities say a Philadelphia police officer was shot in the face and critically injured while helping fellow SWAT officers serve a warrant at a city home.

A man who authorities say shot at the officers and a woman at the home were also critically wounded in the shootout early Monday. Officials say the person named in the warrant was not in the residence and remains at large.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said the officer, 49-year-old Jaison Potts, suffered a broken jaw and may have artery damage along with other injuries. Ross says Potts walked into the hospital and was expected to survive.

Potts is a 20-year veteran of the force. Mayor Jim Kenney says the married father of three was due to start a vacation on Monday.

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