Alleged cop shooter ordered to stand trial

Eric Torres faces at­temp­ted murder charge for the shoot­ing of Po­lice Of­ficer Ed­ward Dav­ies  

With wounded Phil­adelphia Po­lice Of­ficer Ed­ward Dav­ies show­ing signs of re­cov­ery last week, an al­leged heroin deal­er was ordered to stand tri­al for try­ing to as­sas­sin­ate him.

Mu­ni­cip­al Court Judge James M. DeLe­on on Sept. 4 ordered Eric Torres to stand tri­al for at­temp­ted murder, four counts of ag­grav­ated as­sault and many oth­er of­fenses.

Three of Dav­ies’ fel­low po­lice of­ficers test­i­fied at the pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing about how Torres, 31, of the 400 block of W. Ray­mond St. in Felton­ville, al­legedly fled a traffic stop, crashed his car, ducked in­to a corner store near his home and struggled with po­lice be­fore shoot­ing Dav­ies in the ab­do­men on Aug. 13.

Of­ficer Wil­li­am Barr was the first to en­counter Torres that day as he stopped Torres’ car at Fifth Street and Al­legheny Av­en­ue for a traffic vi­ol­a­tion. Au­thor­it­ies claim that Torres handed his ID to Barr, but then drove off. Barr fol­lowed Torres in his po­lice car briefly, but dis­con­tin­ued his pur­suit be­fore Torres crashed near Bris­tol Street and Rising Sun Av­en­ue, au­thor­it­ies claim.

Of­ficer Emil Buc­cer­oni was one of sev­er­al cops who en­countered Torres minutes later in­side a corner store at Fourth and West Ans­bury streets. Buc­cer­oni re­portedly de­scribed Torres in court as “freak­ishly strong” and test­i­fied that the sus­pect struggled with of­ficers for “five to 10 minutes, but [it] seemed like an etern­ity.”

Buc­cer­oni re­portedly test­i­fied that Torres was on the floor with four of­ficers stand­ing over him and try­ing to hand­cuff him. Buc­cer­oni said he did not see Torres’ gun, a .45-caliber Glock, but when the of­ficer grabbed for the sus­pect’s hands, he felt the bar­rel of the weapon. At that in­stant, the gun fired. The bul­let struck Dav­ies in the ab­do­men, be­low his pro­tect­ive bal­list­ic vest.

As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Ed Jara­millo re­portedly ar­gued for the at­temp­ted murder charge be­cause Torres’ fin­ger was on the trig­ger. DeLe­on agreed.

Of­ficer Bri­an My­ers test­i­fied at last week’s hear­ing that nar­cot­ics in­vest­ig­at­ors re­covered heroin worth $11,000 from the car that Torres crashed as well as Torres’ res­id­ence after the shoot­ing.

Torres re­mains in cus­tody without bail at Cur­ran-From­hold Cor­rec­tion­al Fa­cil­ity and is sched­uled for a Com­mon Pleas Court ar­raign­ment on Sept. 25.

On the same day as the pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing, Fraternal Or­der of Po­lice Lodge 5 Pres­id­ent John McNesby pos­ted via Face­book that Dav­ies “looks like a new man. He is alert and sit­ting up, com­mu­nic­at­ing and walk­ing. Seems in good spir­its. He is im­prov­ing every day.”

Dav­ies re­mains hos­pit­al­ized. The 25th dis­trict patrol of­ficer un­der­went sev­er­al sur­ger­ies to treat his in­jur­ies and had a kid­ney re­moved. ••

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