Philly firefighter, son charged in fatal beating

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Police are considering filing murder charges against a Philadelphia firefighter and his son following the death of a man they allegedly beat over a traffic dispute.

Fifty-five-year-old Mark Wallace died Tuesday of injuries suffered April 8 in a beating in Northeast Philadelphia.

Police say Wallace walked in front of a car driven by 47-year-old off-duty firefighter Gerard Shaffer, sparking an argument over who had the right of way. They say Shaffer and his 21-year-old son, also named Gerard, jumped from the car and pummeled Wallace until he was unconscious.

The Shaffers were charged Monday with aggravated assault and other counts. But police say both men could now face murder charges.

The elder Shaffer, a 23-year veteran of the fire department, has been suspended with intent to dismiss.

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