PHILADELPHIA — The Latest on a fired Philadelphia police officer charged with homicide for fatal on-duty shooting (all times local):
The president of Philadelphia's police union says a homicide charge filed against a fired Philadelphia police officer who fatally shot a man as he fled is meritless.
Union President John McNesby accused Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner of having an anti-law enforcement agenda. McNesby says the union will mount a defense for former officer Ryan Pownall and expects charges to be dropped and his return to the force.
Pownall was charged Tuesday in the shooting death of 30-year-old David Jones after confronting him for driving a dirt bike on a city street. Jones had a gun and the two struggled during the altercation.
Krasner says Jones dropped the weapon and fled without threatening Pownall. Pownall fired three times, striking Jones twice and killing him.
A lawyer for Pownall called the shooting justified.
A fired white Philadelphia police officer has been charged with criminal homicide for fatally shooting a black man in the back after a confrontation last year over a dirt bike.
The district attorney said Tuesday that former Officer Ryan Pownall is also charged with reckless endangerment.
Pownall had confronted 30-year-old David Jones for riding a dirt bike on a city street.
Prosecutors said that when Pownall frisked Jones he felt a gun, which led to a scuffle. Pownall then tried to shoot Jones but his gun jammed.
Surveillance footage showed Jones then putting his gun on the ground and running, and Pownall opening fire, shooting Jones in the back.
Police said last year that only Pownall's first attempt to shoot Jones was justified.
The police union planned to comment on the charges later Tuesday.