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Family of Temple University police officer shot and killed condemns district attorney’s decision not to seek death penalty | Southeastern Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner announced he will not seek the death penalty in the murder case of slain Temple University Police Sergeant Christopher Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald’s family condemns the decision.

In a statement issued by Marron Law Firm on behalf of the family, Pauline Fitzgerald said:

“While the death penalty is not part of the religious or personal beliefs of some, we respect the law and all lawful punishments that go with it. Before this evening, we prayed that the judicial system would be allowed to function and that the fate of my son’s murderer would be decided by a judge or jury, considering all available options.”

The family was informed of his decision Tuesday evening, the day before the trial of the accused, 18-year-old Miles Pfeffer.






Temple University police transport 18-year-old Miles Pfeffer, accused of fatally shooting Officer Christopher Fitzgerald, to the Philadelphia Correctional Facility.


Sergeant Fitzgerald was fatally shot on February 18, 2023 during a struggle with Pfeffer.

Court records say Pfeffer shot Fitzgerald, then stood over his body and fired multiple shots into his head before stealing a car and driving to his parents’ home in Buckingham Township, Bucks County, where he was arrested the next day.

The family also says changes are needed in the district attorney’s office:

“We have watched with shame as Krasner singles out marginalized communities for support and continues to allow criminals to return to the streets and commit crimes. We can no longer stand by while other elected members of the city remain silent. Despite all the best intentions for a safer city, we wonder how this reality can be achieved by pretending to work with someone like Krasner who undermines your goals.”






Christopher Fitzgerald, Temple University Police Officer


69 News reached out to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office but did not receive a response to the family’s comments.

The Temple University Police Association commented on X (formally Twitter) that the decision not to seek the death penalty is “absolutely devastating news for the Fitzgerald family and law enforcement officers across Philadelphia.”

This is a developing story. Stay with 69 News for updates.