Police kill man in Frankford

Posted: July 23, 2012

Officials were investigating the shooting of an 18-year-old man by a Philadelphia police officer early Saturday in the city's Frankford section.

The victim was identified as Jose Torres of the 2200 block of Cambria Street, said Lt. Ray Evers, a police spokesman.

Evers said police arrived in the 4600 block of Worth Street to disperse a large crowd that had gathered outside Timmy's Bar. Torres bolted from the crowd, and in the process dropped a 9mm semiautomatic pistol, Evers said.

Police gave chase, and when they saw the man reach into his waistband, they believed he was preparing to pull out another weapon.

An officer fired, killing Torres.

No second weapon was recovered, Evers said.

The officer, who was not identified, has been assigned to administrative duties pending investigations by the District Attorney's Office and police Internal Affairs units.


Contact Anthony R. Wood at 610-313-8210 or twood@phillynews.com.

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