A Philadelphia police officer who was fired after he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy within the again in March has been charged with homicide in reference to the capturing, the authorities mentioned Monday.
A spokesman for the Philadelphia Police Division confirmed that the previous officer, Edsaul Mendoza, was arrested on Sunday. At a information convention on Monday, Larry Krasner, the district legal professional of Philadelphia, mentioned that Mr. Mendoza had been charged with first-degree homicide and different prices. He was being held with out bail, Mr. Krasner mentioned.
The boy, Thomas Siderio, was fatally shot on March 1 within the metropolis’s Girard Estates neighborhood, in line with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, which mentioned in March that it had opened an investigation into the capturing.
At a information convention in March, Danielle Outlaw, the Philadelphia police commissioner, mentioned that 4 plainclothes officers had been finishing an investigation in South Philadelphia on March 1 once they noticed two youths and turned on the emergency lights of their car.
Shortly after, Commissioner Outlaw alleged, Thomas fired a shot by means of the again window of the police car. Two law enforcement officials exited their car and fired two pictures towards Thomas, who they mentioned was holding a gun. Thomas started to run down the road, and an officer, whom the authorities later recognized as Mr. Mendoza, fired two extra pictures at Thomas, hanging him within the again.
He was later pronounced lifeless at a hospital, the authorities mentioned.