Thursday, December 25, 2014

Bail set at $1.5M for man accused of shooting at police

Travis Johnson, 20.
Travis Johnson, 20. Philadelphia Police Department

A judge has set bail at $1.5 million for a man accused of shooting at two Philadelphia police officers Thursday night.

The two officers engaged the man, later identified as 20-year-old Travis Johnson, around 10:45 p.m. near Ninth and Dauphin streets in North Philadelphia, according to investigators.

The officers saw a gun in Johnson’s possession, prompting Johnson to flee on a bicycle while the officers gave chase, police said.

During the pursuit, Johnson allegedly turned around and fired his gun at the officers, who returned fire, investigators said.

Police said Johnson’s gun then jammed, and he was unable to fire additional shots. The officers placed him under arrest without further incident.

Neither Johnson nor the officers were reported to have suffered injuries. Police said a loaded handgun was recovered from the scene. 

Johnson was arraigned Friday afternoon on charges of assault on a law enforcement officer, simple assault, reckless endangerment and weapons offenses. He is next due in court Sept. 5 for a preliminary hearing.

Investigators, in a news release, noted the incident marked the second time shots were fired at Philadelphia police officers within the space of three days.

An officer suffered a graze wound and a suspect was shot and killed during a shootout early Tuesday in Mayfair.


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