Northeast Times

Officer in YouTube arrest video is top cop in the 7th

Bill Kil­lian Jr. already has been some­what of a You­Tube sen­sa­tion. On May 19, he also be­came the Of­ficer of the Year in the North­east’s 7th Po­lice Dis­trict.

Dur­ing 2010, Kil­lian cap­tured the al­leged armed rob­ber of a Bustleton phar­macy, seiz­ing the sus­pect’s gun and stolen med­ic­a­tions. 

In ad­di­tion, he made nu­mer­ous oth­er ar­rests for vi­ol­ent crimes, such as ag­grav­ated as­sault, and for qual­ity-of-life of­fenses.

That’s why Lt. Mike Root nom­in­ated the of­ficer for the an­nu­al award.

But Kil­lian, a mem­ber of the 7th dis­trict’s 5 pla­toon, may al­ways be best known for his video­taped off-duty ar­rest of the armed rob­ber of a loc­al con­veni­ence store in 2007.

A store se­cur­ity cam­era filmed the video, which is still view­able on You­Tube. The 52-second clip shows a hooded gun­man rush­ing in­to the store en­trance and leap­ing over the cash­ier’s counter. As the man ac­costs the cash­ier in the fore­ground, just bey­ond the cam­era’s view, Kil­lian can be seen in the dis­tance at the rear of the store.

The of­ficer, wear­ing a sweat shirt and Phil­lies cap, re­cog­nizes the danger, ducks briefly be­hind a rack of snacks, draws his gun, stalks the sus­pect, hops the counter and cap­tures the man red-handed.

The video has garnered al­most 100,000 views on You­Tube.

Root, Kil­lian’s su­per­visor, noted in his Of­ficer of the Year nom­in­a­tion let­ter that Kil­lian is one of the most act­ive mem­bers of his squad with re­gard to ar­rests and in­vest­ig­a­tions. 

And while off duty, Kil­lian has or­gan­ized a po­lice all-star soft­ball game and home-run con­test to be­ne­fit the fam­il­ies of fallen of­ficers.

This year’s game and home-run derby will be on June 11 at the Park­wood Youth Or­gan­iz­a­tion. ••

You can reach at wkenny@bsmphilly.com.

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