Philadelphia police on Wednesday confiscated a 9 mm handgun from former Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison during a routine a traffic stop, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Police tell the newspaper they stopped Harrison on Wednesday afternoon for driving his Cadillac Escalade the wrong way down a one-way street in North Philadelphia, where Harrison owns a garage. ESPN.com reports police also stopped a second man who was trailing Harrison.
The Daily News, citing law enforcement sources, reports Harrison produced his vehicle registration and a permit to carry the gun. A patrolman asked whether Harrison was carrying the weapon. Harrison said he wasn’t, according to the Daily News’ sources. ESPN.com reports the patrolman saw Harrison place the gun in his seat console as he was being pulled over.
At that point, the patrolman searched the Escalade and found the gun in the console. The gun is registered to a man who lives in Philadelphia, the sources tell the Daily News.
Police questioned Harrison at the scene and let him go. They also asked him to come to headquarters for further questioning, but Harrison declined, the Daily News reports. Harrison was not required to come in.
Harrison is considered a "person of interest" in a 2008 shooting that occurred near his garage. Police found three spent 9 mm casings in the truck of the primary victim, Dwight Dixon. Dixon said they came from a gun fired by Harrison. A second man, Donald Nixon, says he was struck by a stray shot fired by Harrison.
Police later said ballistics evidence proved several shots were fired by a gun that Harrison owned. No charges were ever filed, though, because of multiple contradictory statements made by the alleged victims, Harrison and others, per the Daily News report.
The Daily News also reports police might test-fire the gun taken from Harrison on Wednesday to determine if it matches the casings recovered in the 2008 shooting.
In July 2009, Dixon was shot multiple times two blocks from a bar Harrison owns. Dixon died two months later. Before his death, he said he believed Harrison was behind the second shooting. The Dixon case remains unsolved.
The Daily News reports Thomas Wagner, an attorney for Harrison, could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Wagner has said that his client "emphatically denies" any role in the 2008 incident.