A FedEx driver was making a package delivery in Philadelphia on Tuesday night when he was robbed at gunpoint, but the driver was armed and returned fire in a shootout — landing himself in a hospital and the robber in a morgue, Breitbart reported.
According to the CBS affiliate station in Philadelphia, the 32-year-old FedEx driver was making a delivery around 7 p.m. when he was approached by an armed suspect and robbed at gunpoint.
Breaking: A FedEx driver was robbed/shot while making a delivery on the 600 block of Unruh. Police say the driver was armed and exchanged gunfire with the robbery suspect. FedEx driver is stable, Suspect was located and is critical. @CBSPhilly – more at 10/11 on @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/0jq9ugjyed
— Alexandria Hoff (@AlexandriaHoff) December 18, 2019
Robbery turns into shootout
An exchange of gunfire ensued after the delivery man was shot in the abdomen. According to the police, the wounded driver was able to escape the scene in his truck and call 911 and was transported to a hospital shortly thereafter where he is listed in stable condition.
“He was able to tell police that he was making a delivery on the 600 block of Unruh and right when he got done making that delivery, he was approached by at least one male and he was robbed at point of gun,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small said. “Initially, we did not know whether the perpetrator was struck by gunfire.”
The suspect, a vehicle, and stolen items located
The robbery suspect apparently fled the scene, but was found nearby a short time later by police and was discovered to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his torso. He was also transported to a hospital where he was eventually pronounced dead.
Police at the scene of the robbery turned shootout found several spent shell casings. They also located a vehicle in the vicinity which contained blood, shell casings, and several packages believed to have been stolen from the FedEx truck.
Additionally, the police located a second “person of interest” with the vehicle who is suspected to have been the getaway driver.
A homicide investigation has reportedly been launched to determine if the driver acted appropriately and in self-defense.
Statement from FedEx
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that FedEx issued a statement which read: “We are aware of the incident in Philadelphia this evening. The safety of our team members and service providers is a top priority and we are cooperating fully with the investigating authorities at this time.”
The Inquirer had specifically sought comment from the company on its policies regarding delivery drivers being armed, but FedEx said, “We are not at liberty to disclose details of our internal policies. All further questions should be directed to law enforcement.”
Hopefully, FedEx will stand in support of its driver who exercised his Second Amendment rights and defended himself from an armed criminal who placed his life in jeopardy.