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Off-Duty Philly Police Officer Shoots Neighbor

Off-Duty Philly Police Officer Shoots Neighbor

United Press International

April 26, 2011

An off-duty Philadelphia police officer who shot a neighbor has been placed on limited duty while the shooting is investigated, police said.

The man the unidentified officer shot, Josh Taylor, 23, was rushed to a hospital Monday by another neighbor with a chest wound, the Philadelphia Daily News reported. Relatives told the newspaper they had been informed he was unlikely to live.

Police said the officer has been with the department for 18 years.

What led to the shooting was unclear late Monday. One bystander told WCAU-TV the two men got into an argument about a parking space.

Police said the officer noticed Taylor had a gun.

Taylor’s girlfriend, Britney, said the two of them had just returned from a trip to the supermarket about 4 p.m. She said she was in the house with their two young sons when Taylor rushed in.

“I said, ‘What are you running for?’ And then he [the off-duty officer] opened the door like he was welcome in our house,” Britton told the Daily News. “He didn’t have a badge. He didn’t have a warrant. He took a breath, looked at me, and shot Josh. And then he turned and ran.”

Britton said her boyfriend did have a gun in his pocket because he planned to go target shooting with a friend.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Sounds too smooth to me, something isn't connecting in the chain of events.

  • Img_1347a_max50


    over 3 years ago


    If people would stop carrying guns whether real or real looking water guns these incidents would be few and far in-between. For this young man if he was really going target shooting with his friends he should have never had the gun in his back pocket until it was time for him to go target practice. Let’s look at this in a different angle if the officer was not threatened with the gun, how on earth would he had known this alleged perp had a weapon in his pocket. According to the alleged perp’s girlfriend the officer chased the alleged perp into the house uninvited and without a warrant; took a stance and shot the boyfriend in the chest and ran off and that her alleged perp had the gun in his back pocket and never pulled the weapon he was just going target practicing with some friends she said. This little lady needs to take a few lessons on law. For one in close pursuits you don’t need a special invitation to inter a premise and you surely don’t need permission to use deadly physical force if you feel your life or a third person’s life is in danger. I hope the officer comes out Ok from this fiasco. parking space arguments never comes out good most of the times.

  • Prince_hall_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I have no comment...oh yes I do..... who in the hell told this writer he was a journalist?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Need more information before I can comment.

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 3 years ago



  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    I'd be interested in hearing the rest of the story.

  • Scan0002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    A few more details found here

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    One man shot another man. Girlfriend has nothing but gibberish to contribute. Great article. Glad it was reported or we would never understand what happened...

    At the risk of broad brushing, I will say I have certain preconceptions about anybody carrying a handgun loose in their pocket. Good guys use holsters.

    I also don't buy that an 18 year veteran just walked in shot the guy and ran out. Either there is a mental health evaluation in need, or a whole lot of detail got lost on the way to the ink jet.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    More to th story..........

  • Pic-0246_max50


    over 3 years ago


    everybody carries a gun in their pocket when they plan to go target shooting. i just wonder who he had plan to shoot at for target practice

  • 21_max50


    over 3 years ago


    No comment on such little information

  • Car_004_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Yeah, people do this all the time...........guess I will go target practice later after I go to the store and return home. better put a gun in my pocket now so I dont forget it when I go to the range to shoot.

    A lot missing!!

  • Memorial_max50


    over 3 years ago


    And they call this journalism?!?

  • Skins_fan_max50


    over 3 years ago


    What crappy biased 'journalism' ! ..a bit more detail is available here :

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Yup,sounds like we aren't getting the whole story.Sure, the officer just walked in,shot the boyfriend then turned and ran out.I know that from time to time some officers make bad judgement calls but this story just ain't right.

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