Snow Shoveling Fight Brings Out SWAT Team In Philadelphia

Box cutter and gun wielded in Overbrook.


Action News was on hand in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia on Friday after a snow shoveling fight turned violent.

According to the report, two neighbors on the 7600 block of Wyndale Street–it’s less than a half-mile from the intersection of Haverford Avenue and City Avenue–got into it around 4:30 p.m.

One of the men allegedly produced a box cutter, which neighbors got away from him. Then, say police, he went into his house and got a gun. Police showed up, and the man barricaded himself inside his house. The SWAT team was activated, and the 50-year-old gun-wielding man was taken into custody. There were no injuries reported.

No word on whether this had anything to do with parking spot-saving. In our online poll asking whether parking spot-saving should be allowed after a snowstorm, 56% of respondents said yes as of Saturday morning. The Philadelphia Police disagree.

PHOTO: Philadelphia Police Department

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  • Howard Pitkow

    Victor, is there a typo in the story title or did you really mean “show shoveling”? Good story either way.

    • vfiorillo

      Thanks, Howard.

  • celticprincess

    If I’m going to spend an hour of my time shoveling out my car while my lazy neighbor doesn’t even come out to shovel his walk, you better believe I’m saving my spot. Because that type of neighbor is the same type of person to barely clean off his car, notshovel out his spot, but park in my shoveled out spot because it took him 20 mi utes or so to get out of his unshoveled spot and now I have no where to park. Bull-ish on that.