29 yr old drug dealer ART KEARSE
A Philadelphia police corporal accidentally was shot in the leg after he and another cop opened fire while serving a search warrant on Thursday morning.
It was just before 10:00 a.m. when two undercover narcotics officers went into a house in the 5700 block of North Lambert Street in the Logan section of Philadelphia.
Police say the officers were attacked by one of two pit bulls that live in the house, and both officers opened fire.
Corporal Lawrence McKenny was shot in the leg, the bullet going right through his left calf. He was rushed to the hospital where he was treated and then sent home.
"Every time they serve a search warrant you don't know what's on the other side of the door," said Lt. Frank Vanore of the Philadelphia Police. "These officers moved past a particular area, cleared it, and this dog came loose and came from behind."
The woman who lives in the house says there was no attack.
Beatrice Baylor says she was trying to put the dogs in the basement as she was told, but one of them named "Blue" is afraid of stairs and freaked out.
"He got in the middle and there was gunshots and everything. I ran right to him," Baylor said. "He was scared."
Police say it appears the dog didn't bite either of the officers. It's not clear yet if Corporal McKenny shot himself or was hit by his partner, Officer Ron McCutchen.
Baylor says they kept shooting even as she fell on Blue trying to shield him.
"She was screaming. You know, they become part of you, like part of your family. So when they scream, I wasn't thinking. They were shooting like crazy, they were down over me shooting," Baylor said.
Police are still trying to sort it all out and they've placed the two officers on administrative duty.
They say they also found the drugs they were looking for and arrested Baylor's 29-year-old son, Art Kearse, who also at the home.
BEATRICE BAYLOR, the drug dealer's mommy said the pit wasn't attacking. she was trying to put him in the basement but he is afraid of stairs.