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Tyree Wallace dies; Philly police officer injured

PHILADELPHIA -- A cousin of Detroit Pistons forward Rasheed Wallace was killed and a police officer was wounded in a shootout authorities said occurred after an undercover drug buy.

Tyree Wallace, 22, was pronounced dead at Albert Einstein
Medical Center. Sgt. Mike Mitchell, 41, was in stable condition
Friday with a groin wound.
Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek confirmed that Tyree Wallace was
Rasheed Wallace's first cousin. Rasheed Wallace did not participate
in the team's shootaround Friday morning, Dobek said. Wallace,
however, was in the starting lineup for Friday night's home game
against the Golden State Warriors and scored the team's first
basket.
On Thursday night, Mitchell was in an unmarked police car when
an undercover officer bought drugs from Tyree Wallace before
identifying himself, Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson said.
Mitchell then saw Wallace pull a gun. The officer jumped out of
his vehicle and ran toward Wallace, Johnson said.
"[Wallace] was fired on in response to him drawing a gun on
police," Capt. Benjamin Naish said at a news conference Friday. It
wasn't immediately known who fired the fatal shots. Several other
officers were at the scene.
Tyree Wallace was enrolled as a student at suburban Arcadia
University, where he had been on the basketball team but was not on
the roster this year, university spokeswoman Lori Bauer said
Friday.
Mayor John Street said he visited Mitchell in the hospital and
the officer was smiling and talking.
"It looks like he will be able to return to active duty,"
Street said.