Suspect in slaying of Temple University police officer faces trial after waiving hearing

A suburban Philadelphia man is headed to trial in the shooting death of a Temple University police officer 11 months ago near the north Philadelphia university’s campus.

The suspect, 19-year-old Miles Pfeffer of Buckingham Township, on Tuesday waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges including murder and murder of a law enforcement officer in the Feb. 19 slaying of 31-year-old Officer Christopher Fitzgerald.

Authorities said the officer spotted three people dressed in black and wearing masks in an area where there had been a series of robberies and carjackings. He chased the trio, and after two of them hid he continued to pursue the third, police said.

  • January 23, 2024
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