Philadelphia District Attorney clears officer in off-duty shooting

    The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has cleared police officer Larry Shields for an off-duty shooting Shields was involved in in April.

    D.A. Seth Williams has charged Joshua Taylor with aggravated assault, attempted murder, simple assault and other related charges through the help of witnesses who corroborated Shields’ story.

    Shields told authorities he was on the 4000-block of Worth Street in Frankford when he saw Taylor with a gun. After identifying himself as an officer, Shields then chased a fleeing Taylor into a home where Taylor pointed a gun at Shields. Shields shot Taylor in the chest; Taylor has recovered.

    Shields will not face criminal charges.

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