Police shoot gun-wielding man in Frankford


Phil­adelphia po­lice shot a sus­pec­ted armed rob­ber early Sunday near the Frank­ford Trans­port­a­tion Cen­ter after he al­legedly poin­ted his pis­tol at the of­ficers.

Bern­ard Ray­ford, 23, of the 1800 block of Gilling­ham St., suffered wounds of the left arm, for which he re­ceived treat­ment at Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al, and was re­leased in­to po­lice cus­tody, said Lt. Ray­mond Evers, a Phil­adelphia po­lice spokes­man.

Ray­ford’s en­counter with po­lice began at about 3 a.m. when an­oth­er man flagged down two 15th dis­trict patrol of­ficers at Frank­ford Av­en­ue and Pratt Street to re­port that he had been robbed at gun­point. The vic­tim said he knew the rob­ber and iden­ti­fied him to po­lice.

The of­ficers soon spot­ted Ray­ford walk­ing on Duf­field Street and chased him on foot about two blocks to the 1600 block Gran­ite St., Evers said. That’s when the sus­pect al­legedly raised his weapon at the pur­su­ing of­ficers.

One of­ficer fired a single shot at Ray­ford, while the oth­er of­ficer fired twice. They took the wounded sus­pect in­to cus­tody and re­covered a Kel Tec 9mm semi­auto­mat­ic hand­gun at the scene.

Both of­ficers were re­moved from street duty pending the out­come of a pre­lim­in­ary in­vest­ig­a­tion by the dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice, Evers said.

Ray­ford was charged with rob­bery, as­sault on po­lice and re­lated of­fenses. He al­legedly stole a small amount of cash in the rob­bery, Evers said. ••End­Frag­ment 

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