Philadelphia Uber driver in ‘gunfight’ with police

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The suspects have not been identified An armed robbery of an Uber driver in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has ended with a death, two people shot and the other suspect…

Philadelphia Uber driver in 'gunfight' with police

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The suspects have not been identified

An armed robbery of an Uber driver in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has ended with a death, two people shot and the other suspect being taken into custody, reports say.

The Uber driver was assaulted, robbed and pistol-whipped in a daytime robbery on Tuesday.

The suspect made off with Uber’s cellphone and $30 from the driver, who in turn had $30 in cash.

The victim has been listed in a stable condition.

Police said they shot the victim’s neighbour and a friend after a car chase on Tuesday.

About 25 miles west of Philadelphia in Berks County, Pennsylvania, Police were following a black Chevrolet Tahoe travelling east on Route 191 toward Reading when they saw the car stop in the middle of the road, then take off again.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The fatal shooting happened while the victim was parking the car at the rear of a strip mall

A man, who they believed was the driver of the vehicle, got out and shot at the pursuing officers with a gun, the state police said.

The man was taken into custody, said Trooper Chelsi Nolan, an investigator with the Pennsylvania State Police.

Two other men inside the car were shot, one of them fatally. Both victims were taken to hospital and are listed in a stable condition.

Police have not identified the suspects.

‘Uber is going to feel the pain’

In a statement, the ride-hailing company Uber said it was in contact with the driver and was actively cooperating with the investigation.

“As we have said before, we are appalled by the violence against our driver-partner and we are committed to supporting him,” said Uber spokesperson Andrew Shirley.

“This type of attack is absolutely appalling, and we are grateful that our rider is okay.

“As all of our drivers do, they are autonomous taxi drivers. They have the choice to accept or decline fares on their way to and from any destination, which means they decide who they want to pick up, and whether they want a passenger with a carry permit and a certain amount of cash on them.

“We have been in touch with the driver and are investigating the incident,” the statement said.

In 2014, Dallas police shot and killed a driver who was carrying an Uber and Lyft carry permit.

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