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Man slashes Philadelphia police officer during scuffle

August 17, 2018

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A scuffle between a Philadelphia police officer and a suspected thief ended with the man slashing the officer on the nose.

Authorities say the man was suspected of stealing items from a pharmacy when a security guard there approached him around 1:15 a.m. Friday. The man allegedly pulled a knife on the guard, who backed off and the man fled.

The officer spotted a man fitting the suspect’s description about 45 minutes later on a nearby street. The officer tried to stop the man, who ran away.

The officer soon caught up with the man, and a violent struggle ensued. The suspect briefly slipped away again, but the officer and others caught him in a vacant lot. The man was soon subdued following another struggle.

The officer was treated at a hospital. The suspect wasn’t injured.

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