Son of former Fort Worth police chief killed in the line of duty in North Philadelphia.

The son of former Fort Worth Police Chief Joel F. Fitzgerald Sr. was killed in the line of duty Saturday night in north Philadelphia.

Officer Christopher Fitzgerald was killed while trying to apprehend a suspect at 1700 W. Montgomery Avenue in Philadelphia, Temple University confirmed.

The officer was shot shortly after 7 p.m., Philadelphia officials said, after he attempted to intervene in a car theft. Officer Fitzgerald was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“This is the first time that a Temple University police officer has died in the line of duty,” said Temple Police Chief Dr. Jennifer Griffith.

Sources say police arrived at the family home of 18-year-old Miles Pfeffer in Buckingham Town on Sunday morning. Pfeffer was arrested and detained using a pair of Fitzgerald’s handcuffs.

“This is a tradition that we do every time there is a dead officer. We felt it was important to remember Officer Fitzgerald by handcuffing the suspect once more,” Deputy US Marshal for Supervision Robert Clark explained at the time of the arrest.

On the Sunday following Pfeffer’s arrest, the Temple University Police Association shared several photos of Officer Fitzgerald. There is also a memorial to the slain officer at the scene of the shooting at the intersection of 17th Street and W. Montgomery Avenue.

On Sunday, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced that Pfeffer would be charged with murder, murder of a law enforcement officer, robbery, auto theft, possession of a crime weapon and related offenses.

Detailing the allegations, Krasner said law enforcement officials believe Fitzgerald ran into Pfeffer Saturday night “in the course of an investigation into an incident near the Temple campus boundary.”

Krasner’s statement on the allegations noted that law enforcement officials believe Pfeffer shot the officer in the head, killing him.

Krasner notes in a statement that after Fitzgerald was mortally wounded and lay bleeding on the ground, police believe that Pfeffer tried to steal the officer’s gun and ransacked his pockets.

“We express our deepest condolences and prayers to the family, friends and colleagues of Temple University Police Officer Christopher Fitzgerald. Officer Fitzgerald was shot dead in the line of duty last night as he responded to a robbery in north Philadelphia,” the statement said. in a post on Fort Worth Police Officers AssociationFacebook account.

This investigation is ongoing and this story will be updated as new information becomes available.

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