Police shoot Mayfair gunman

By Shannon McDonaldJames Henry, 32, was shot in the leg by police after he shot a man during a home invasion in Mayfair Sunday night.

Police say Henry and another man were high and armed when they forced their way into a home at Charles and Hellerman streets. The men demanded money from the 20-year-old resident, who only had $20. While Henry and his accomplice argued with the resident, the man’s girlfriend dialed 9-1-1.

During the disagreement, Henry’s partner allegedly dropped his gun and fled in frustration when Henry refused to shoot the resident. A struggled ensued, during which time the gun went off, shooting the resident in his leg.

Police found Henry under a car out front, and the victims identified him as the shooter. Lt. Frank Vanore, police spokesman, said Henry proceeded to dance around the officers before jumping into the police cruiser and speeding away. He crashed the car on Levick Street, and was shot in the leg following a foot chase with the officers.

The victim was treated and released from Temple University Hospital. Henry,who has 16 prior arrests, was treated at Frankford-Torresdale Hospital. His accomplice has not been found.

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