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Cop shoots, kills fleeing man in Frankford

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A 15th Po­lice Dis­trict of­ficer shot and killed a Port Rich­mond man early Sat­urday near a Frank­ford bar.

Jose Torres, 18, of the 2200 block of East Cam­bria St. was pro­nounced dead shortly after 2 a.m. Ju­ly 21, ac­cord­ing to Lt. Ray­mond Evers. He had been shot once.

At about 2 a.m., two uni­formed of­ficers in a marked car had stopped in front of Timmy’s Place, a bar at Worth and Or­tho­dox streets, where there was a crowd of about a dozen people, Evers said.

“It was a bar that was known to have some is­sues,” Evers said, adding po­lice check on it reg­u­larly. Some guns pre­vi­ously had been found in the bar, he said.

When the of­ficers got out of their patrol car to clear the corner, one man star­ted to run down the 4600 block of Worth St. One of­ficer shouted that the man had a gun and an­oth­er of­ficer star­ted chas­ing the man on foot.

Evers said the pur­su­ing of­ficer saw Torres throw away a gun but con­tin­ue to hold his waist­band. Torres stopped and turned while hold­ing his waist­band, and the of­ficer, think­ing the man had an­oth­er weapon, fired, strik­ing him once, Evers said.

Para­med­ics were called, but pro­nounced Torres dead. A loaded 9mm hand­gun was found on Worth Street, Evers said. No oth­er weapon was found, he said.

Evers would not identi­fy the 35-year-old of­ficer. The lieu­ten­ant said the of­ficer will be in­vest­ig­ated by the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, the po­lice de­part­ment’s in­tern­al af­fairs unit and IA’s shoot­ing team to see if any crim­in­al charges are war­ran­ted and if all de­part­ment­al reg­u­la­tions on the use of deadly force were fol­lowed.

All po­lice of­ficers who dis­charge their weapons are sub­jec­ted to those three par­al­lel in­vest­ig­a­tions, Evers said.

“Any time that gun goes off, un­less it’s at the range, it’s go­ing to be in­vest­ig­ated,” Evers said. ••

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