Philly Mourns Fallen Officer Fitzgerald

Suburban trouble in the city — Bucks county carjacking leads to the murder of brave and beloved officer, Chris Fitgerald

iWriteTee

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Temple Police Officer Chris Fitzgerald, a devoted husband, father of four, and beloved community member was killed in the line of duty Saturday, February 18, 2023. Fox 29 News reports that Officer Fitzgerald “was trying to intervene in a carjacking in the area of 18th Street and Montgomery Avenue in North Philadelphia when he was shot. He later died at Temple University Hospital.”

An updated report claims:

Miles Pfeffer, 18 (Philadelphia Police Department)

The suspect, identified by authorities as 18-year-old Miles Pfeffer, was arrested on the 2300 block of Quarry Road in Bucks County around 7 a.m. Sunday. Pfeffer was transported to Philadelphia Police headquarters where he was charged with Murder, Homicide of Law Enforcement Officer, Evading Arrest, and related charges, according to police officials. He was also charged with Theft by Unlawful Taking, Theft-Receiving Stolen Property, VUFA, and related charges in connection with a carjacking police say followed the shooting.

As a resident and mother of a local college student and juvenile justice advocate this story breaks my heart on so many levels:

-A young officer needlessly lost his life in a cold, violent manner and leaves his family and our community traumatized and in mourning.

-This shooting and carjacking happened near Temple’s campus and a few minutes from my house.

-Fox News and other local news outlets say Miles Pfeffer isn’t from Philly — he’s from and was arrested in Bucks county. Pfeffer is allegedly seen committing the heinous carjacking and “standing over” Officer Fitzgerald, shooting him numerous times in the head and attempting to take the officer’s gun.

Action News reports that others may have been with him at some point and the police reported that there was an attempt to destroy evidence by “melting the gun” in a fire pit.

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