Chester City police shoot armed suspect

February 15, 2009 7:45:57 AM PST
Chester City police shot and wounded an armed suspect overnight. The incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Morton Street in the Sun Village neighborhood.

Officers attempted to pull a vehicle over for going through a red light, but the driver refused to stop - fleeing from police several blocks before losing control and crashing into several cars.

The impact of the crash prevented the suspect, identified as 28-year-old Michael Starkey Wright of Sharon Hill, from exiting the vehicle. To escape Wright shot or broke out his window with a handgun as officers approached.

Wright got out of the vehicle through the broken window and pointed gun at police, who fired several shots striking the suspect. Wright collapsed then got up and began to run again but collapsed about 25 feet.

He was taken into custody and his 9mm handgun was recovered.

Wright was shot 5 times and is at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in guarded condition, but is expected to recovery from his injuries.

Wright is a former convict who should not have possessed a firearm. Accordingly, he will be charged with aggravated assault, weapons and related crime code violations.

No officers were injured.

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