DA: Philly police officer will not be charged in fatal shooting

Kristen Johanson
May 23, 2018 - 8:29 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia's district attorney declined to press charges against a Philadelphia police officer involved in a deadly shooting near Saint Joseph's University two years ago.

Officer Shannon Coolbaugh shot a suspect four times during a call about a suspicious vehicle. District Attorney Larry Krasner said Coolbaugh is "legally justified" for fatally wounding 52-year-old Richard Ferretti in May 2016. 

Spokesman Ben Waxman said evidence shows Ferretti ignored instructions to show his hands and nearly ran over the officers before Coolbaugh shot him.

"We interviewed witnesses that were present, we reviewed video footage, we reviewed investigative reports from the relevant agencies, and we found the use of deadly force was justified," Waxman said.

Philadelphia Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew said the case now goes to the Internal Affairs Bureau.

"We as a department have to determine whether or not departmental violations took place," Kinebrew added.

Coolbaugh remains on administrative duty.