Police involved in Grays Ferry gun battle

November 19, 2010 10:15:54 AM PST
Authorities say two Philadelphia police officers were involved in a gun battle overnight in the Grays Ferry section of the city.

Two officers on patrol responded to the 1300 block of South 27th Street just past midnight on Friday after hearing gunshots.

When they arrived, the officers said they saw two males shooting into a burgundy-colored Jeep. The people inside the Jeep were firing back.

The officers got out of their cruiser, authorities said, and the two men started to fire at them. The officers, who were not struck, returned fire but did not hit the suspects.

A foot pursuit began and, in the 2700 block of Sears Street, the suspects turned around and fired again, with police responding in kind. Again, no one was hit.

One of the males ran into an alleyway where more gunshots are exchanged. He managed to get away.

Back on the 2700 block of Sears, police found the second suspect hiding in a stolen minivan. He has been identified as 28-year-old Wendall Taylor.

Police say Taylor has 19 priors, including murder.

A handgun was also recovered at the location.

Meanwhile, in the 1300 block of 27th, a man was found near the Jeep shot multiple times. He was rushed to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is now in stable condition.


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