Questions surround off-duty Phila. cop's shooting


By Allison Steele
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Questions surrounding the death of 21-year-old William Panas, shot and killed by an off-duty police officer Saturday in the Port Richmond neighborhood where both lived, mounted yesterday as conflicting accounts of the shooting emerged.

Police have said the officer - whom they did not name but whom witnesses identified as Frank Tepper - tried to break up a street fight and was assaulted by several brawlers, prompting him to open fire in self-defense.

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