Police: York City felon had loaded gun when he ran from officer

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A York City felon suspected of firing off a few gunshots just after midnight on New Year's Day is now spending his new year in the proverbial Gray Bar Hotel.

Steven George Gray, 45, of 723 Wallace St., remains in York County Prison, charged with being a felon in illegal firearm possession, receiving stolen property, reckless endangerment and disorderly conduct.

Steven George Gray

Gray was denied bail when he was arraigned on his charges at the county's central booking unit, according to prison records.

According to charging documents, York City Police Officer Paul Thorne was on patrol in the east end of the city at 12:04 a.m. Sunday when he heard gunshots he thought were coming from the 700 block of Silk Avenue, an alley that runs parallel to, and between, Wallace and Chestnut streets.

Thorne was searching the area when he saw a man later identified as Gray holding a handgun in his right hand, down at his side, and walking south between 721 and 723 Wallace St., where he lives, documents state.

When the officer was seven to 10 feet away from Gray, he ordered the man to drop the gun, police said.

Gray started to turn to face the officer but instead ran east on Wallace Street, documents allege.

Loaded gun ditched: Thorne gave chase and saw Gray toss away the handgun as he fled before eventually running onto the front porch of a neighbor, police said.

Thorne arrested Gray on that porch, then went back to search for the gun, according to police.

Neighbors alerted the officer to the discarded handgun, a Taurus 9mm with a round in the chamber and six rounds in its magazine, charging documents allege.

Police later determined the handgun had been reported stolen from New Hampshire in 1995, documents state.

The reckless endangerment charge was lodged because Gray allegedly threw a loaded handgun onto a public sidewalk, according to court documents.

Gray is prohibited from owning or even holding a firearm because he is a convicted felon.

Court records reveal that in 2015, Gray pleaded guilty in York County Court to felony drug dealing.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.