What started as a car stop in West Philly became much more heated this morning, with bullets flying on the streets of Upper Darby, police said.
Just after 2 a.m., two officers on patrol in the 19th District saw a "suspicious" van with tinted windows pull out of a closed gas station on 63rd Street near Vine in West Philly, Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said.
When the officers approached the van, it sped off, heading west toward Delaware County.
A chase ensued, and the van lost its tail as it turned onto Marshal Road in Upper Darby. A few minutes later, the officers, now patrolling in the borough, saw the vehicle on 69th Street near Walnut.
Two men were near the van, one behind the wheel, the other standing outside it, Chitwood said. When the officers, who joined the department in July, approached the two, the one outside the car fled.
Another chase ensued, this time on foot, and the cops caught up to the suspect a few blocks away. There, he turned toward them and fired one shot from a .22 caliber revolver in their direction.
Neither officer was struck, and the shooter fled the scene, leaving his gun behind.
About 10 minutes later, two other officers arrested Reginald Floyd, 23, at Cobbs Creek Parkway near Spruce Street. The officers involved in the shooting identified him as the gunman, Chitwood said.
"This is a bad guy," Chitwood said. "He's lucky he didn't get shot up; the officers chose to use restraint, and everything worked out well, without any injuries."
Floyd has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and related offenses in the shooting. He had a warrant out for his arrest in connection to a probation violation for a previous gun conviction.
He's in custody at the George Hill Correctional Facility on $500,000 bail, according to court records.
The van Floyd was standing near was later recovered on Marshal Road near 65th Street, Chitwood said. Police are searching for the driver, and the van's owner told investigators that she gave it to a friend who promised to repair it —five months ago.
Lt. John Stanford, a police spokesman, said the two young officers are shaken up after their ordeal, but otherwise OK.
"Anytime you get fired at, it's a scary situation," he said. "But, thankfully, this ended the best way it could have."