N. Philly man shot by police is charged with weapon offenses

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A 39-year-old North Philadelphia man accused of raising a gun at a police sergeant over the weekend and who was then shot and injured by the sergeant has been charged with weapon offenses, police said Wednesday.

Anthony Middleton was charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a former convict, theft – receiving stolen property, and carrying a firearm in public without a license. The first two charges are felonies, the third a misdemeanor, police said.

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Charged: Anthony Middleton.

About 11 p.m. Saturday, Philadelphia Police Sgt. David Ewing, who was on bike patrol, was riding south on the 2500 block of North Alder Street, where Middleton lives, when he saw Middleton standing on the sidewalk with a gun in his hand, police said.

Ewing, a 13-year veteran assigned to the 22nd District, got off his bike and ordered Middleton to “drop the gun,” police said. Middleton then ran through an alley with Ewing in pursuit. Ewing entered the alley with his flashlight and saw Middleton raise a gun in his direction, police said.

Ewing drew his service weapon and fired four times, hitting Middleton in a leg and his right side, police said. Middleton’s semiautomatic pistol, which was loaded with 10 rounds, was recovered in the alley, police said. The gun was reported stolen in Clearfield County in October 2016, police said.

Police said Middleton was taken by officers to Temple University Hospital in stable condition. No one else was injured.

Middleton was being held Wednesday at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on State Road, according to the prison system’s website. He was arraigned Tuesday, and bail was set at $1 million. A preliminary hearing was set for Sept. 5.

Middleton is represented by the Defender Association of Philadelphia. A call to the association seeking comment was not immediately returned.

According to Philadelphia court records, Middleton was convicted in 2014 of a misdemeanor marijuana-possession charge for an offense two years earlier, and had pleaded guilty in 2011 to a misdemeanor theft charge.

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