Seven police officers fired up to 85 rounds at a “deranged” man who was killed while pacing with a gun on a South Philadelphia street corner, authorities said yesterday. Police Commissioner Sylvester M. Johnson said police shot the man, who was speaking incoherently, after he did not respond to repeated orders to drop the weapon Sunday evening and pointed it at the officers.
Steven Miller, 30, of the 1600 block of South Taney Street, had a fully loaded pistol but did not fire, officials said. Two officers required treatment for friendly-fire graze wounds from ricocheting bullet fragments or debris. Johnson, calling the two “very lucky,” said police officials were concerned about the number of rounds fired.