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Suspect Killed By Police In Mayfair Had Lengthy Criminal Record, Reportedly Struggled With Officers

By Jan Carabeo, Mark Abrams

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Police are releasing new details after a man was shot by a police officer early Monday morning in Philadelphia.

The shooting took place on the 6700 block of Frankford Avenue in Mayfair shortly before 3 a.m. The suspect, identified as Brandon Tate-Brown, of Philadelphia, was pronounced dead on the scene at 3:11 a.m. with a gunshot wound to the head.

Police say the suspect is 26-years-old, and has four priors -- two for Attempted Murder and related charges (including Violation of Uniforms Firearms Act), Theft and Receiving Stolen Property.

According to police, two officers in a marked car pulled Tate-Brown over for a traffic violation. He was driving a white Dodge Charger with Florida plates. Authorities believe the Charger was a rental car.

Captain George Fuchs says evidence technicians found a handgun inside of his car car.

"Totally visible, it's the butt of a gun that's actually in the console between the passenger seat, kind of stuck down the middle between the console and the passenger seat," he said.

The officer reportedly asked Tate-Brown to exit the car, and when he did, a struggle ensued between him and the officers. Police say Tate-Brown forced his way back to his vehicle and attempted to get his gun when one of the officers fire his weapon, striking the suspect once in the head.

The suspect's gun was recovered inside the vehicle. It is a Taurus, .22 caliber, SAP, containing eight (8) live rounds and was reported stolen on July 8, 2013.

The officer who discharged the weapon was taken for questioning by internal affairs. A number of witnesses are also being questioned.

The officer's partner, whom Fuchs says was shaken up by the incident, was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Fuchs says both 15th District police officers were only on the job for 10 months.

This story is still developing, stay with CBSPhilly for more details as they come in.

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