PHILADELPHIA (AP) ― Prosecutors say an off-duty Philadelphia police officer has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a man during an apparent dispute over a neighborhood water fight.
Authorities say 26-year-old Rudolph Gary shot and killed 22-year-old Howard Williams in an altercation that witnesses say started when children and adults tried to beat the heat by spraying each other with water. Investigators say two others were wounded in the Sunday evening shooting.
Prosecutors say Gary, an officer since November 2008, was charged Monday with murder, aggravated assault and simple assault. Police say he has been suspended with intent to dismiss.
What's wrong with the Philadelphia Police Department? Don't they screen these guys at all? Gun-rights advocates claim the average gun owner is more responsible and more careful because they realize what's at stake, but if that's true, shouldn't it count for cops even more?
Maybe the answer is the same for both cops and civilians. Before you can own a gun, you need to demonstrate the capacity to handle it properly, that's both mental and physical capacity.
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