Third Officer-Involved Shooting On Eve Of New Deadly Force Study - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Third Officer-Involved Shooting On Eve Of New Deadly Force Study

Posted: Updated:

"Everybody on the block heard the gunshots," recalls a witness.

That was the scene of the latest police involved shooting in Germantown. More than 50 shots fired on Montana Street, as police say at least two armed homicide suspects opened fire on officers and FBI agents. They returned fire instantly, killing one and wounding the other.

"All of a sudden I just heard these gunshots. Pow.pow.pow pow," neighbor Diane Ramsey told Fox 29. She was just up the block from the gun battle.

This gun fight came after two police involved shootings overnight and on the eve of a new study into the use of deadly force by city police.

"We have nothing to hide, we want people to take a look. It pays to have an objective third party on occasion," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey told Fox 29 Monday.

Ramsey believes it's necessary to have another set of eyes examine how and when officers use their weapons. 52 people were either killed or wounded by police last year. Up from 35 the year before.

"Take a look. Make recommendations if there are areas that can be strengthen, then we ought to strengthen them," Ramsey added.

"Don't second guess yourself because that one split second could cost you your life," reflects Fraternal Order of Police President John McNesby.

McNesby also says Philly cops have nothing to hide. He says no officers have been charged with an unjustified shooting since Ramsey took over. He believes officers use deadly force only when they have to.

"Everyone of these jobs (shootings) are good jobs," he said. "Every one of them had a gun."

"This is the trend now. I think it's necessary for us now in Philly," Ramsey remarked.

The team of investigators and experts will arrive in Philadelphia on Tuesday and spend three days talking to officers, top commanders, city officials and neighborhood leaders. The study is expected to take about a year to complete. Las Vegas Police just completed a similar study recently.  

Ramsey says 23 other cities are considering the same type of study.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Council Rock South Mourns The Loss Of Three Classmates

    Council Rock South Mourns The Loss Of Three Classmates

    Monday, September 1 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-09-01 21:23:09 GMT
    Three boys from Council Rock South High School died over the weekend when their SUV overturned.
    Three boys from Council Rock South High School died over the weekend when their SUV overturned.
  • Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Hamels, 3 Phillies relievers no-hit Braves

    Monday, September 1 2014 4:42 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:42:38 GMT
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
    Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0.
  • September Sizzle

    Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:49 GMT

    Summer is not over just yet!  Hot and humid conditions much of the week with temps in the 90's and upper 80's.

    Tuesday (91/72): Clouds/Storm

     

     

     

    Summer is not over just yet!  Hot and humid conditions much of the week with temps in the 90's and upper 80's.

    There is a chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms Tuesday.

    Tuesday (91/72): Clouds/Storm

     

    Wednesday (90/74): Sun/Clouds

     

    Thursday (89/67): Sunny/Hot

     

     

Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices