Suspect Accused of Shooting Philly Cop Had Just Been Released From Jail on Different Gun Charge a Week Earlier

Suspects Scott Griffin (l), and Samir Coyett (c), Officer James McCullough (r); Photo: Philly Police Dept.

Suspects Scott Griffin (l), and Samir Coyett (c), Officer James McCullough (r); Photo: Philly Police Dept.

A suspect accused of shooting a Philadelphia police officer on Sunday evening had just been released from jail on a different gun possession charge just a week earlier, authorities revealed.

Scott Griffin, 23, was apprehended after police say he shot Philadelphia police officer James McCullough, 24, as the officer was attempting to arrest him following a carjacking.

A second suspect, Samir Coyett, 20, was also arrested following the carjacking. 

Griffin has a lengthy rap sheet, with 14 prior arrests noted. He also has two outstanding cases related to drug and gun charges, per police.

Griffin was apparently released from jail just a week prior to the shooting on a case where he was allegedly arrested in possession of a gun while in a stolen vehicle.

In that case, the gun charges were dropped because witnesses failed to appear for the preliminary hearing, according to his defense attorney.

Officer McCullough was forced to apply a tourniquet to his own injury following the shooting, as he was left bleeding profusely from a gunshot wound to his leg. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is recovering.

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