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Update: Teen shot, killed by off-duty officer

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

A young man is dead after being shot by a Philadelphia police officer.

Police were looking for a suspect in a Monday afternoon shooting in the city's Logan neighborhood.

Police say an off-duty 25th district officer saw the initial shooting and gave chase when he witnessed a teenager flee the scene.

At some point in that pursuit, the teenage victim was shot and killed. Police say the boy was a suspect in an attempted murder case. They also said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon that his mother and step-father are members of the Philadelphia Police force.

The boy, 15-year-old William Smith, is the son of a veteran Philadelphia police officer now stationed in the 17th district. Police say he has a juvenile record.

The victim of the initial shooting, an 18-year-old man, remained Tuesday listed in critical but stable condition at a local hospital.

"the off-duty police officer did catch him about a block away, " Capt. James Clark of the Philadelphia Police told reporters. "There was some type of physical confrontation and during that confrontation the off-duty police officer shot the male several times. "

Police say at this point the killing of the 15-year-old appears justified to them. Invesitgators for the police and the Philadelphia District Attorney are investigating.

Smith's alleged accomplice in the initial shooting yesterday is identified by police as 18-year-old Marcus Powell. He was arrested at the scene. Another suspect remains at large, according to investigators.

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