Northeast Times

Police probe possible link between murder, firebombing

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Phil­adelphia po­lice named a sus­pect in the May 20 shoot­ing death of a 25-year-old Frank­ford man on Sat­urday mere hours after someone tried to fire­bomb the home of the vic­tim’s fath­er.

De­tect­ives have not defin­it­ively linked Ja­lil Cooper, 20, of the 4200 block of Penn St., to the fire­bomb­ing at­tempt, said Of­ficer Christine O’Bri­en, a po­lice spokes­wo­man. But Cooper is the sus­pect in the murder of Ed­ward Pa­gan and the wound­ing of Pa­gan’s fath­er, Vic­tor Guz­man.

The shoot­ing oc­curred out­side Guz­man’s house on the 1200 block of Adams Ave. after Pa­gan re­fused to give Cooper a ci­gar­ette, po­lice said, so Cooper shot him at least three times. Guz­man, a 49-year-old city cor­rec­tions of­ficer, tried to in­ter­vene in the con­front­a­tion and suffered a wound of the left fore­arm.

Pa­gan died that night at Temple Uni­versity Hos­pit­al. Guz­man was treated at Temple and re­leased.

Guz­man was at home at about 5:30 a.m. last Sunday when a bottle crashed through his front win­dow and shattered in­side the house, spill­ing what ap­peared to be gas­ol­ine on the floor. The device was not on fire, O’Bri­en said.

Two wo­men, ages 44 and 69, were also in the house. Po­lice did not dis­close their names.

No in­jur­ies were re­por­ted.

Po­lice found a second shattered bottle along­side the ex­ter­i­or of the house, as well as three un­broken bottles in a lot next door, all con­tain­ing what ap­peared to be gas­ol­ine, O’Bri­en said.

De­tect­ives are in­vest­ig­at­ing pos­sible links between Sat­urday’s in­cid­ent and the hom­icide case. ••

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