Christopher David Fitzgerald Wiki – Bio
Christopher David Fitzgerald, a Temple University police officer was shot and killed trying to stop a carjacking near the school’s Philadelphia campus on Saturday night, authorities said. Christopher David Fitzgerald, the son of prominent Philadelphia police officer Joel Fitzgerald, who spent 17 years in Philadelphia Police Department and held important positions. he roles with other law enforcement agencies.
The officer, who was on duty at the time, was shot in the head near 18th Street and Montgomery Avenue around 7 p.m., police said. The officer was taken to Temple University Hospital, where he died of his injuries. Police did not immediately release additional details about the shooting.
Christopher David Fitzgerald was 31 years old.
Inquirer Miles Pfeffer Arrested
Police sources told the Inquirer Miles Pfeffer, 18, was arrested in connection with the killing. University officials said Fitzgerald is the first Temple police officer to be killed in the line of duty. Dozens of police officers and community members gathered outside the hospital to mourn the loss of the officer, WPVI reported.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw vowed to bring the suspect to justice at a news conference Saturday night. Police have located the vehicle that was involved in the carjacking, according to WPVI.
“There are simply no words that can make sense of such a tragedy. It tears at our sense of community and wounds us to the very soul. Temple has lost an officer and hero to senseless violence. Our thoughts are with the victim’s family, friends and the entire Temple community during this tremendously difficult time,” a statement from Temple University said.
Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said his officer “is already working with the PPD to bring responsible parties to justice.” Mayor Jim Kenney said he is “heartbroken and outraged” by the senseless killing.
Temple police officer Rossman Shaffer, secretary of the Temple police union, told the Inquirer that the shooting “was predictable” and said the university needs to provide its officers with additional resources.
“I didn’t have a partner to patrol one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city,” he told the newspaper. The neighborhood surrounding the university has been plagued by crime affecting the students who live there in recent years.
In November 2021, a student was fatally shot less than two blocks from campus during a botched carjacking. Then, last November, 11 students were assaulted by masked gunmen in a terrifying home invasion.