Miles Pepper: 5 quick facts you need to know

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Mugshot/Instagram (Miles Pfeffer)

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Miles Pfeffer is the 18-year-old suspect charged with the murder of Temple University Police Officer Christopher Fitzgerald on February 18, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. according to the US Marshals Service.

“Officer Fitzgerald gave his life protecting the temple community and we owe him an eternal debt of gratitude. He valiantly served the temple community and the people of Philadelphia,” according to the Temple University Police Association tweeted.

The United State Marshals Service’s Philadelphia office tweeted that Pfeffer was taken into custody in Bucks County on the morning of February 19, 2023 in connection with Fitzgerald’s death.

According to Fox29 journalist Steve KeeleyMiles K. Pfeffer faces 24 counts including criminal manslaughter.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Miles Pfeffer is accused of shooting and shooting police officer Christopher Fitzgerald while Fitzgerald was trying to apprehend a suspected robbery

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Instagram/Miles Peppermiles pepper

dr Jason Wingard, President of Temple University wrote in a statement wrote on the university’s website that he was “heartbroken to announce that Temple University has lost a first responder and hero to senseless gun violence.”

According to Wingard, “A Templar police officer was shot dead tonight while attempting to apprehend a suspected robbery at 1700 W. Montgomery Avenue. The officer was later pronounced dead at Temple University Hospital.”

“There are simply no words that can explain this tragedy. It tears apart our sense of community and our security. We all mourn this unspeakable loss,” Wingard wrote.

“The suspect in the shooting fled the temple area. Both the Philadelphia Police Department and the Temple University Police Department are still collecting information about the incident,” Wingard said in a statement.

District Attorney Larry Krasner tweeted: “We are shocked and heartbroken by the murder of a temple police officer who was killed to protect others. The Philly DAO will extend all the support we have to the official’s family, friends and co-workers. We are already working with PPD to bring those responsible to justice.”

2. Miles Pfeffer’s social media account includes photos of cash, dirt bikes and a basketball hoop

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Instagram/Miles PepperScreenshot of Miles Pfeffer’s Instagram page.

On InstagramPfeffer’s page is now set to private and his profile picture shows him holding a large fish.

Heavy reviewed the site before it was privatized. Social media photos on the site show cash, dirt bikes and a basketball hoop. One photo shows Pepper on a dirt bike.

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Instagram/Miles PepperMiles Pfeffer social media photo.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirerthis photo shows “what’s tucked into his waistband like a Ruger semi-automatic pistol.”

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Instagram/Miles PepperMiles Pfeffer Instagram page.

An Instagram photo from 11 weeks before the shooting showed a man with wads of cash and read: “Work smart not hard, make stupid decisions with stupid consequences.”

3. Miles Pfeffer was taken into custody at a $1.2 million home in Buckingham using the slain officer’s handcuffs, reports say

The US Marshals Service Philadelphia wrote on Facebook“This morning investigators from the USMS Eastern PA Fugitive Task Force, Bucks County Central SWAT, PPD Homicide and Buckingham Police arrested Miles Pfeffer, 18, in Bucks County. Pepper was wanted for murder in connection with the shooting of a Temple University police officer.”

The service shared a series of photos showing the arrest.

The Templeton University Police Association tweeted“We can confirm that a suspect has been arrested for the murder of one of our police officers. We were told that the arrest was made with our fallen officers handcuffed.”

Journalist Bryanna Gallagher also shared images on Facebook about Pfeffer being taken into custody, writing: “Sources tell Action News that suspect Miles Pfeffer, 18, was taken into custody at a house on Quarry Road, Buckingham earlier this morning.”

The Buckingham home is valued at more than $1.2 million. to Redfin.

4. A local journalist wrote that Miles Pfeffer’s brother was with him when the shooting took place and their mother was picking Miles Pfeffer up; Miles Pfeffer is accused of searching the slain officer’s pockets

Journalist Steve Keeley tweeted that a source had provided him with the affidavit of probable cause and that the entire incident was “captured on surveillance video”.

“Officer Fitzgerald was heard over the police radio that he was being followed on foot. Police officers responded and found Officer Fitzgerald at the 1700 block of Montgomery Avenue suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the face and torso. Officer Fitzgerald was immediately taken to Temple University Hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead at 7:27 p.m.,” he wrote.

“The CCTV showed Officer Fitzgerald pursuing a man dressed in black westbound on Montgomery Ave. The officer catches up with the man east of 18th Street where the male officer gets into a fight,” Keeley wrote in the Twitter thread.

He wrote that Officer Fitzgerald repeatedly yelled at the man to “get on the floor.” The man is then seen firing a pistol at Officer Fitzgerald, who falls to the ground. The man then stands over Officer Fitzgerald and fires several more shots in his face and head area.”

Keeley went on to say that the man “then reaches down and tries to take the officer’s service handgun but can’t seem to get the gun out of the holster.” He also searches the pockets of the unresponsive officer. The man then flees west and turns north on 18th Street. Additional footage on North 18th shows the man confronting a second victim. The male is heard saying, “Give me the keys or I’ll kill you.” The man then takes the person’s vehicle and flees to 18th Street. The vehicle was recovered at 29th Street & Ridge Ave.”

According to Keeley, “The accused killer’s brother was with him when Officer Fitzgerald tried to stop them and is one of the witnesses who saw and heard what happened, law enforcement sources tell FOX29. He ducked into an alley and hid and saw the officer chasing Miles Pepper and then he heard gunfire.”

He noted, “Additional information was later received that Miles Pfeffer was later picked up by his mother JMP at 29th Street & Ridge Avenue and driven to her home on Quarry Road in Buckingham.”

Pepper’s mother, Jill Petrushka, shows on facebook that she is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania but not much to see on her site. The suspect’s father, Marc Pfeffer, also says on Facebook that he is from Philadelphia.

5. Chris Fitzgerald, slain Temple Police Officer, was remembered as a father and an avid runner

WPVI journalist Beccah Hendrickson wrote on Facebook that Fitzgerald was “a father, an avid runner and, as described by a colleague, “everything you want in a cop””.

She added: “Last night he was on duty patrolling alone when he encountered a carjacking and attempted to intervene. He was shot and killed. He is the first Temple police officer ever killed on duty.”

According to Hendrickson, “The Temple University Police Association organized this vigil where he was killed on the 17th and Montgomery. They hope it will grow and people will come to pay their respects.”

WFAA-TV reported that Fitzgerald was the son of a former Fort Worth, Texas police chief. Miles Pepper: 5 quick facts you need to know

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