Man shot dead by cops over Christmas killed teenage son: Philadelphia Police
Philadelphia Police have identified the man who was shot dead by police after saying he shot two teenagers, one of them fatally, early on Christmas morning.
And the teenager who died in the shooting has been identified as the man’s 15-year-old son, NBC 10 reports.
Officers were reportedly called to the scene of a brawl in the Port Richmond neighborhood on the 3300 block of Emerald Street at around 12:30 a.m. Friday. When the police tried to defuse the situation, family members left their homes, forming a large crowd which erupted into a scuffle.
It was at this point that police said Jesus Perez, 43, pulled out a 9mm handgun that was stolen in Virginia and opened fire, hitting his son, Jeremy Perez, and a 17-year-old boy around the neck, according to reports.
NBC 10 reports that officers Timothy Strano and Leggie Thompson then shot Jesus Perez in the chest. Both father and son died in hospital and the 17-year-old is in stable condition, according to reports. Neither officer was injured.
Family members, however, deny that Jesus Perez was the shooter, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“It’s Christmas morning. It is a terrible tragedy, ”said the police sergeant. Eric Gripp told reporters at the scene, according to the Associated Press. “This is just a testament to the level of gun violence that continues to occur in our city.”
“The decision to use lethal force is the most serious action a police officer can take,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw told NBC 10. “As such, we will ensure that a thorough, complete and objective investigation takes place. I implore all firsthand eyewitnesses to come forward and share their stories with our investigators.
The incident is still under investigation.