Charges for man who shot suspected thief

Bri­an Baur

A Frank­ford man has been charged with murder for fatally shoot­ing a sus­pec­ted thief who, he claims, was try­ing to break in­to his pickup truck last Thursday night, Phil­adelphia po­lice said.

Au­thor­it­ies didn’t ini­tially ar­rest Bri­an Baur, 56, of the 4500 block of Tor­res­dale Ave., al­though Baur ad­mit­ted that he fired the fatal shots. Patrol cops went to Baur’s block at 10:21 p.m. in re­sponse to a re­port of a per­son with a gun. Baur greeted the of­ficers and told them he had shot someone who was at­tempt­ing to enter his truck, po­lice said. The vehicle re­portedly was parked on an al­ley­way, the 4500 block of Josephine St., just west of Tor­res­dale.

Po­lice found Richard Hull, 30, of Maple Shade, N.J., on the ground and un­re­spons­ive with mul­tiple gun­shot wounds. He was pro­nounced dead at the scene. Au­thor­it­ies charged Baur with the slay­ing on Sat­urday.

Ac­cord­ing to news re­ports, Baur claimed to po­lice that Hull had threatened him and had been hold­ing an un­known ob­ject in his hand. After the shoot­ing, Baur re­mained at the scene and, upon po­lice ar­rival, sur­rendered his gun to them. Hom­icide de­tect­ives in­ter­viewed Baur at Po­lice Headquar­ters that night.

Sat­urday’s ar­rest was not Baur’s first. In Au­gust 2002, he was charged with at­temp­ted murder, ag­grav­ated as­sault and re­lated of­fenses, but the Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice with­drew all charges four months later, ac­cord­ing to court re­cords. De­tails of that case were un­avail­able early this week. 

Baur is in Phil­adelphia pris­on cus­tody without bail and awaits a Sept. 10 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing. ••

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