Police: Shots fired at former NFL player Marvin Harrison, man he helped

Former Indianapolis Colt Marvin Harrison.
Former Indianapolis Colt Marvin Harrison.
Posted: June 16, 2014

Shots were fired at former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison early Saturday, law enforcement officials said, after a man whose Wynnefield Heights apartment had just been broken into flagged him down for help.

No one was injured, police said.

The shooting happened in the 4000 block of Ford Road about 3:20 a.m., police said. A resident of an apartment building on that block told police he had been sleeping when he heard someone kicking in the back door of his apartment, then saw two men enter.

The 38-year-old apartment resident, whose name police did not release, ran to another room, then outside as the intruders began to search his room, police said.

That's when he flagged down Harrison, who lives in Philadelphia and was driving by in his Ford F-350. The man jumped into the bed of the pickup just as the intruders left his apartment, police said.

The apartment resident and Harrison told police one of the intruders fired twice in the direction of the car, according to law enforcement officials. Then both intruders fled in a dark sedan, police said.

Officers found Harrison and the man he helped still in the truck when they arrived, according to law enforcement officials.

The apartment resident later found his room ransacked and $500 missing from his dresser, police said.

Police said one of the intruders was 5 feet, 5 inches tall, with a thin build, wearing dark clothing, a mask, and gloves, and carrying a gun; the other was described as 6 feet, 1 inch tall, with a stocky build, and wearing dark clothing and a mask.

In April 2008, a gun registered to Harrison was used in a shooting outside Playmakers, a North Philadelphia bar that he owns.

The man wounded in that case, Dwight Dixon, was shot again in 2009 and died from his wounds.

Harrison was not charged with any crime, and was not questioned in connection with Dixon's death. That case remains open.


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