By Wyatt Earp | December 9, 2008
They would come in handy when a career criminal like Tony Burrell needs to be “aired out.” I really should look up the number of times toads like Burrell have fired at my co-workers this year. I’ll bet it’s more than a handful.
PHILADELPHIA ― Two Philadelphia police officers are grateful to be alive after a familiar suspect allegedly opened fire on them Saturday in South Philadelphia near 23rd and Reed Streets.
“I heard the bang. I seen the muzzle flash, I saw the smoke and smelled the gunpowder,” said Officer Nathanial Harper.
Harper was about 10-feet away when the suspect, identified as Tony Burrell, allegedly opened fire on him with a semi-automatic weapon. Luckily the bullet whizzed past Harper.
“I’m truly blessed. If it wasn’t for the Lord, there is no telling where I would be right now.”
Moments later, Harper’s partner, Officer Anthony Gamble, cornered Burrell in an alley. The suspect then reportedly tried to open fire a second time just moments before he was placed under arrest.
“I could see the smoke hitting me in the face. I could see the gunfire,” said Officer Gamble.
After investigating the incident, authorities discovered that the suspect’s gun jammed, making it impossible for him to fire the 12 bullets in the clip. This isn’t the first time Burrell has had a run-in with the police. Last August, Burrell was impaled on a fence after trying to elude police, ramming a patrol car with his ATV.
RT posted about that incident HERE.
Despite 17 prior arrests, records show Burrell was released on $500 bail following the ATV incident. Honored as officers of the months three different times in the 17th District, Gamble and Harper are back on patrol looking forward to the holidays more than ever.
“I’m going to make sure my partner gets home to his family and I am happy to be here,” said Harper. (H/T – CBS3)
The fact that the officers did not put down this animal after he fired at them says a lot about their restraint. The media in this town always whines that we use excessive force, but rarely reports when the reverse is true. These officers had every right to fire at this scumbag, and they chose not to do so. Instead, they arrested Burrell, and no one important (police officers, civilians) were injured.
Great job, guys! Maybe this piece of garbage will stay behind bars this time.