Latest on Philadelphia officer's death: Trust fund set up

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Posted: Mar 06, 2015 4:23 PM
Latest on Philadelphia officer's death: Trust fund set up

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — 4 p.m.

Members of the Philadelphia Police Department have set up a trust fund for the family of an officer who was fatally shot trying to prevent a robbery.

The department said checks in memory of Officer Robert Wilson III may be mailed to The Robert Wilson III Family Memorial Trust Fund, Police and Fire Federal Credit Union, 901 Arch St., Philadelphia 19107.

Several branches of the police credit union will also be accepting donations in person.

Wilson had stopped at video game store late Thursday to buy a present for his 9-year-old son when two armed robbers walked in and shootout ensued. Two men are in custody on murder and other charges.

To honor Wilson, a father of two, the Philadelphia 76ers invited a police cadet unit to present colors before their Friday night game at home against the Utah Jazz.

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11:30 a.m.

Philadelphia police say the officer killed in a shootout with two would-be robbers at a video game store engaged in a "fierce" gun battle.

Police on Friday identified the two gunmen arrested in the fatal shooting as brothers, 29-year-old Carlton Hipps and 24-year-old Ramone Williams. They are charged with murder and attempted murder.

Police say the two did not know Officer Wilson was in the GameStop store.

They say Wilson was at the counter when they entered late Thursday afternoon. He was shot in the body and head during the ensuing exchange of gunfire.

As Hipps left the store, police say he was shot in the leg by Wilson's partner.

Police Capt. James Clark says Wilson engaged in a "fierce" gun battle and was "a hero and an absolute warrior" trying to protect patrons and employees in the store.

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11:15 A.M.

Gov. Tom Wolf is ordering all Pennsylvania flags at the state Capitol complex and at state facilities in Philadelphia in honor of the officer.

Wolf said Friday he invites all Pennsylvania to participate in the tribute.

Philadelphia police have charged two brothers with murder in the case, including one who was on parole for robbery.

Police say the 30-year-old Wilson was killed Thursday afternoon at a video game store where he'd gone to buy a present to reward his 9-year-old son for getting good grades.

The governor says flags will remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of Wilson interment.

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9:30 A.M.

Philadelphia's police commissioner says two brothers have been charged with murder in the death of an officer who was gunned down during a video game store robbery.

Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Friday morning that one suspect is a 24-year-old with a prior arrest for aggravated assault. His 29-year-old brother is on parole for robbery.

Ramsey says the 30-year-old officer was in a north Philadelphia GameStop buying a video game for his son when two suspects entered and announced a robbery. The eight-year veteran was shot multiple times, but was able to wound one of the suspects.

Wilson died two hours later.