No stranger to the law, he's shot by a cop

A man who was shot by a police officer in West Philadelphia Thursday was armed with a loaded .45-caliber pistol and a lifetime of criminal experience, police said yesterday.
Charles Bryant, 28, has 14 prior arrests, including convictions for aggravated assault, conspiracy and escaping from a halfway house, according to court records.
Bryant, of Stiles Street near 52nd, was out on parole, said police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.
“In somebody’s opinion, he was rehabilitated, but it’s obvious a guy like him can’t be rehabilitated,” he said.
On Thursday, Bryant darted out of a Pontiac when he was stopped by a 19th District cop for a moving violation on 56th Street near Girard Avenue at about 9 p.m., Vanore said.
The officer caught up with Bryant in a nearby alley. Bryant aimed his gun at the cop, who opened fire and wounded Bryant once in the leg, Vanore said.
The officer, a 4-year veteran who wasn’t identified, wasn’t injured. Bryant was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in good condition.