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Philly Officer to be Stripped of Badge for Off-Duty Killing of Unarmed Man

January 05, 2010  | 

The off-duty police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 21-year-old man in November during a street fight will be stripped of his badge, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey announced yesterday.

Frank Tepper, 43, a 16-year veteran of the force, committed "numerous violations" of Police Department procedures when he opened fire on William Panas Jr. in the Port Richmond neighborhood where they both lived, according to an investigation by the department's Internal Affairs Division.

As of yesterday, Tepper was suspended for 30 days with the intent to dismiss him. He could not be reached for comment.

Panas' father, William Sr., said Ramsey called him to deliver the news.

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