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Man Killed By Philly Police After Stabbing Kids: Cops

A criminal investigation was underway Thursday after a father went on a stabbing spree in Southwest Philadelphia Wednesday night. The suspect has a criminal history and police are looking into whether or not the suspect was on drugs at the time. An internal investigation is also going on regarding the officer involved in the shooting death of the suspect. (Published Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016)

Philadelphia police officers shot and killed a man who injured five people, including his son and daughter, during a stabbing spree in the Cobbs Creek section of the city, police said.

Police said the unidentified man first attacked his 15-year-old daughter at a home on the 6200 block of Hazel Avenue Wednesday night and grabbed her throat. He then allegedly stabbed his 8-year-old son and a 13-year-old family friend in their chest and throat.

The man then allegedly went over to a family friend's home on Webster Street and asked for something to eat. He then stabbed a 70-year-old woman and punched a 42-year-old woman in the face, according to police.

Police responded to the scene and confronted the man. Officials say the responding officers demanded several times that the man take his hands out of his pants. The man then allegedly moved abruptly and the officers opened fire, killing him.

Investigators say they're unsure if the suspect had a gun but also say they recovered a knife.

The 8-year-old boy and 13-year-old family friend who were stabbed were in critical condition late Wednesday. Officials have not revealed the conditions of the other victims.

Police have not revealed a motive but say the suspect's daughter told them he may have been high on drugs.

"The daughter did say that he was home and then all of sudden his eyes are like as wide as can be," said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross. "And then he just starts to choke her for no reason, whatsoever. There was no conversation that she indicated. And then immediately stabbed and slashed the 8-year-old then turned to the 13-year-old and stabbed him multiple times."

While police blocked off the scene, a suspected intoxicated driver slammed into an officer's patrol car, leaving the officer hospitalized with aches and pains.

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