Philadelphia police officer shot to death during GameStop robbery
(NY Daily News) PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – A man and his brother have been charged in the murder of a Philadelphia police officer who was killed in a heavy gun battle inside of a GameStop store, his department announced Friday.
Ramone Williams, 24, and Carlton Hipps, 29, are charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy and attempted murder after police say they gunned down 30-year-old Officer Robert Wilson III Thursday as he was buying a video game for his son.
The two thugs, one of which was later found having an AK-47 assault rifle inside his home, entered the store around 4:45 pm. and announced their intent to rob the place before unleashing a spray of bullets, police said.
Wilson, who was at the counter, was shot several times but continued to exchange fire with the two men. The eight-year police veteran and father of two young boys only stopped once sustaining a fatal wound to his head, police said.
“When you look at the actions of the officer, I think he redefines what a hero is all about,” Commissioner Charles Ramsey said at a press conference. “One, he stepped away from the counter, there were civilians there — I counted four behind the counter, a couple in line. He stepped away so the shots weren’t going directly at them, they were going toward him.”
Wilson’s partner, Damien Stevensons, encountered the two suspects as they were fleeing the store, sparking yet another gunfight that wounded Hipps in his leg, police said.
Police said Williams brazenly returned to the store after changing his clothing and tried to blend in with bystanders. He was instead arrested at the scene,ABC6 reported.
Ramsey, who said Wilson was trying to purchase the game to reward one of his son’s good grades, said his death “is a sober reminder of the kinds of dangers police officers face on a regular basis,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.