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City Pays $1.8M In Fatal Police Shooting of Philly Bystander

March 26, 2012  | 

The city of Philadelphia has agreed to pay $1.8 million to the family of a man killed by stray police gunfire during the pursuit of an armed suspect on New Year's Eve 2008.

During the gunfire, 11 police rounds entered an East Germantown house. Bullets struck three people including Abebe Isaac, 33, who later died.

The District Attorney's Office in 2010 cleared Officer George Marko of criminal charges for firing into the home, saying his actions were justified. Marko and his partner had spotted a man firing celebratory gunshots at midnight, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Greg @ 3/27/2012 4:33 AM

That's some pretty pathetic shooting...perp went into a home and turned around to fire at police...they shot 11 times, hit him in the elbow and managed to kill one guy, severly wounded another and grazed a kid. Just how bad a shot are these guys and at what point did they stop shooting?

Very sad.

Greg @ 3/27/2012 4:35 AM

and to add to the fire....the Phily Inquirer reported: "Charges against Mitchell (the bad guy) were dropped because Marko (cop)could not testify against him while under investigation."

Joe @ 3/27/2012 10:48 AM

You anwered your own question. Apparently they stopped shooting after firing 11 times.

Just because charges were "dropped" doesn't mean they can't re-file now that the investigation is over and the cop can now testify.

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