Just a kid and his gun out for a stroll

He's lucky cop wasn't a better shot

Posted: January 15, 2014

A 16-YEAR-OLD male picked the wrong street to go for a walk with his rifle yesterday.

The teen was carrying a pump-action rifle on Corlies Street near Tasker in South Philadelphia about 4 p.m. when he was spotted by two detectives - one from the Attorney General's Office, the other from the Police Department - who happened to be serving an unrelated warrant on a nearby home, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.

The police detective told the teen to drop his weapon. He didn't, instead pointing the gun at the two law-enforcement officers. In response, the police detective fired his weapon at the teen, pumping off three shots.

The teen dropped his rifle and fled, uninjured. As the detectives gave chase in their car, they crashed into a uninvolved gray sedan as it traveled down Tasker Street toward 31st Street, police said. No one was injured in the collision - which caused significant damage to the sedan - but the teen escaped amid the chaos.

He was, however, taken into police custody about 30 minutes later after officers combed the area. His identity was not released last night, but he is believed to live near where the incident occurred, Small said.

Police were investigating last night. The detectives involved were being interviewed by Internal Affairs, per police protocol.


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