Teen Fights With In-laws, Is Held In Death

Posted: September 07, 1989

A Germantown man was shot and killed and his father was wounded early yesterday during a quarrel with an in-law outside their home, police said.

Troy Spry, 24, who lived in the 400 block of East High Street with his father, Walter Spry Sr., 43, was shot during an altercation over "family problems" with Carnel Wilson, 18, of the 200 block of East Rittenhouse Street, police said.

Police said Wilson, Walter Spry's son-in-law, came to the Spry house at 1:56 a.m. and summoned Walter and Troy Spry to the street outside. Wilson pulled a .38-caliber revolver and fired several shots at the Sprys, police said. The elder Spry was shot once in the left arm, and then his son was shot once in the chest.

After hearing the shots, Walter Spry Jr., 18, and a friend, Tyrone Zeigler, came out of the house and were chased down the street by Wilson, who fired several shots at them, police said. Neither was hit.

Shortly after 2 a.m., Wilson surrendered to police at the 14th District at Haines Street and Germantown Avenue, about four blocks from the scene of the shooting. He is being held without bail in the Juvenile Detention Center. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.

Wilson was charged with murder, possession of an instrument of crime, aggravated assault and simple assault.

Troy Spry died at Albert Einstein Medical Center at 2:55 a.m. His father was admitted to Einstein, where he was in stable condition yesterday.

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