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The Bobster
03-06-2015, 06:07 AM
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Suspects Charged With Murder In Shooting Death Of Philadelphia Police Officer
March 6, 2015 8:15 AM

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia Police officer who was buying a gift for his son as a reward for good grades was shot and killed during a shootout with two suspects who were trying to rob a video game store in North Philadelphia Thursday.

The suspects, who are brothers, have been charged with first-degree murder, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said.

The fallen officer has been identified as Officer Robert Wilson III, an eight-year veteran of the force.

The incident happened at about 4:40 p.m. at the GameStop store at 22nd Street and Lehigh Avenue.

According to Ramsey, Officer Wilson, who was in full uniform, went into the store to buy his nine-year-old son a video game as a reward for good grades in school.

While Officer Wilson was in line, investigators say the two suspects entered the store and announced a robbery.

Police say Officer Wilson engaged the suspects and they exchanged gunfire.

Officer Wilson’s partner was in a police cruiser outside the store and responded upon hearing the gunshots.

Officer Wilson was shot nine times, including at least once in the head. He was rushed to Temple University Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m.

Ramsey, who said he watched the surveillance video, said it was difficult to watch, but that it showed the type of officer Wilson was.

“After seeing the video of what happened in that store, he redefined what being a hero is all about,” Ramsey said.

Around 8 p.m., the Philadelphia Police Department tweeted:

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PPD mourns the lost of P/O Robert Wilson III. Please keep his family in your prayers
8:01 PM - 5 Mar 2015


Police say the 30-year-old Wilson leaves behind two children, a nine-year-old boy and a one-year-old, and his grandmother.

“I knew him and had met him. He was one of the best police officers this city has to offer period,” said Ramsey.

Funeral arrangements for Officer Wilson are pending.

During the shootout, one of the suspects was shot in the leg and was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center.

A second suspect, who police say tried to blend in with a gathering crowd, was taken into custody.

Police said two weapons were recovered from the scene. The officer’s weapon was recovered as well.

According to Ramsey, a warrant was executed at a home of one of the suspects in the 1200 block of N. Hollywood in connection with the case. Ramsey said an AK-47 was removed from the home.

Ramsey said one of the suspects is 29-years-old and the other is 24-years-old. Ramsey said the 29-year-old suspect was out on parole for a separate robbery. Ramsey said the 24-year-old has prior arrests for aggravated assault and theft.

“This is a time when people are always looking at police and criticizing … this is a sober reminder of the kinds of dangers that police officers face on a regular basis,” Ramsey said.

The deadly incident remains under investigation.

The Bobster
03-06-2015, 04:47 PM
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Suspects Identified In Shooting Death Of Philadelphia Police Officer
March 6, 2015 11:40 AM

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A Philadelphia Police officer who was buying a gift for his son as a reward for good grades was shot and killed during a shootout with two suspects who were trying to rob a video game store in North Philadelphia Thursday.

The suspects, identified as brothers Ramone Williams and Carlton Hipps, have been charged with first-degree murder, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said.

The fallen officer has been identified as Officer Robert Wilson III, an eight-year veteran of the force.

The incident happened at about 4:45 p.m. at the GameStop store at 22nd Street and Lehigh Avenue.

According to Ramsey, Officer Wilson, who was in full uniform, went into the store to buy his eight-year-old son a video game as a reward for good grades in school.

While Officer Wilson was in line, investigators say Williams and Hipps entered the store and announced a robbery.

About nine employees and customers were inside when Officer Robert Wilson confronted the men.

Police say Officer Wilson engaged the suspects and they exchanged gunfire. Police Homicide Captain James Clark said both suspects had semi-automatic weapons and were firing at Officer Wilson.

Clark said Officer Wilson continued firing at the suspects until he was shot in the head, which Clark said was the fatal shot.

The suspects then ran out of the store and got into another shootout with Officer Wilson’s partner, who was in a police cruiser outside the store.

Hipps was shot in the leg during the shootout. Williams, Clark said, ran back into the store and attempted to blend in with a crowd of five to six customers who were inside the store. Williams was eventually identified and taken into custody. Clark said Williams made a full confession.

According to Clark, Williams told investigators they didn’t see the police car outside the store and did not see Officer Wilson inside.

“He didn’t see car or officer inside until he announced robbery.”

Ramsey praised Officer Wilson’s actions for saving the lives of the customers and employees.

“After seeing the video of what happened in that store, he redefined what being a hero is all about,” Ramsey said.

A total of 50 gunshots were fired, Clark said.

Police said two weapons were recovered at the scene. The officer’s weapon was recovered as well. Clark said the semi-automatic weapons the suspects used were “bought off the streets.”

According to Ramsey, a warrant was executed at a home of one of the suspects in the 1200 block of N. Hollywood in connection with the case. Ramsey said an AK-47 was removed from the home.

Clark said Hipps, 30, has six prior arrests and Williams, 26, has two prior arrests.

In addition to the murder charges, both suspects face attempted murder, robbery and other related offenses.

Ramsey said Hipps is cuffed at the hospital with Officer Wilson’s handcuffs.

“This is a time when people are always looking at police and criticizing … this is a sober reminder of the kinds of dangers that police officers face on a regular basis,” Ramsey said.

Police say the 30-year-old Wilson leaves behind two children, a eight-year-old boy and a one-year-old, and his grandmother.

“I knew him and had met him. He was one of the best police officers this city has to offer period,” said Ramsey.

A small memorial outside the game stop at 22nd and Lehigh continues to grow.

Funeral arrangements for Officer Wilson are pending.

The flag outside the 22nd police district where officer Wilson worked was at half staff.

The deadly incident remains under investigation.

The Bobster
03-29-2018, 08:44 AM
http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2018/03/28/ramone-williams-carlton-hipps-hearing-philadelphia-officer-killed/

Family Growing Angry After Another Delay In Trial For Accused Cop Killers
March 28, 2018 at 11:58 pm

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There is another delay in the trial for the accused killers of Philadelphia Police Officer Robert Wilson III, who was shot to death three years ago after interrupting a robbery in a game store.

Ramone Williams and Carlton Hipps are accused of shooting Wilson during a robbery at a North Philadelphia GameStop in 2015.

Wilson’s frustrated family and fellow officers are trying to get the case moved out of the city.

On Wednesday, the judge granted a defense request for more time to prepare, angering Wilson’s family.

“There’s no reason why we should sit here and still keep giving more time,” said Shaki’ra Wilson-Burroughs. “For what, murderers? Killers? My brother didn’t get more time.”

It’s not just the delays. Wilson-Burroughs says the family is worried about District Attorney Larry Krasner’s relationship with the defense attorneys, who served on his transition team, and his stated opposition to the death penalty, which the family believes is warranted.

“Just as he stood up for the law and protected those citizens in that store,” she said, “Krasner should be doing the same for my brother.”

Police Commissioner Richard Ross and FOP president John McNesby were in the courtroom. McNesby says he’ll seek to have the trial moved.

“Somewhere where the family feels they can get a fair shake,” McNesby said.

“They’re very upset about what they think is going to happen relative to potential sentence,” said Ross.

In office for just three months, Krasner ran an anti-death penalty campaign.

There’s fear he’ll reverse a previous decision, designating the prosecution “a capital case.”

“Well look if we have capital cases available in the Commonwealth – that’s my opinion that’s what we probably should be looking at,” Ross said.

The family has suggested the state attorney general take the case.