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Police: Man Arrested For Threatening To Blow Philadelphia Police Officer's Head Off

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- According to Philadelphia Police, a 20-year-old man has been arrested for threatening a police officer. Officials say the man told the officer he should blow the officer's head off.

The incident took place on Wednesday shortly after 6:oo p.m. on the 600 block of Ritner Street.

Police say Shareef Haynes approached the officer's car and knocked on the window. Authorities say the officer rolled down the window and asked Haynes how he could help him. Officials say that is when the threat was made.

The officer in the vehicle was Officer Michael Edwards.

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Authorities say Edwards then tried to exit the car, but Haynes held the officer's door keeping him from doing so. Edwards was eventually able to force his way out.

Officials say Haynes then pulled his hand out of his pants and made a shooting gesture toward the officer and again threatened him.

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Police say Edwards drew his weapon and called for backup. The officer ordered Haynes to remove his hand from the inside of his pants.

Responding officers ordered Haynes to stop, according to police, but he continued to take steps toward them prompting Officer Eric Tyler to use his taser against Haynes. The 20-year-old then fell to the ground and was arrested before being sent to Methodist Hospital.

"I'm still here. He's not dead. He's still alive in custody and that's what i'm thankful for," Officer Michael Edwards said.

"They were brave and they made us proud because everybody survived  including the suspect. It speaks volumes for what we do as a profession each and every day," Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross told Eyewitness News.

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Haynes was charged with Terroristic Threats and Recklessly Endangering Another Person.

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