On Tuesday, Philadelphia D. A. Larry Krasner charged former police officer, Ryan Pownall, with first-degree murder for the shooting of 32-year-old David Jones as he fled. The shooting took place in June of 2017.“ Video recovered from the scene shows Jones was unarmed, and he never turned toward Pownall or gestured in a threatening manner during his flight,” Krasner said at a Tuesday news conference, adding that the former officer fired his weapon three times and struck Jones twice.
In June of 2017, Pownall pulled over Jones for an alleged traffic violation he accused him of committing on his dirt bike, authorities said. The officer’s gun jammed when he attempted to shoot Jones after a confrontation. Surveillance video showed Jones dropping his gun to the ground and running away. That’s when Pownall opened fire.
Investigators recovered Jones’ gun about 25 feet away from where he was gunned down.
Since January, Krasner’s office has investigated 19 officer-involved shootings, seven involving injury or fatality with three of those civilians killed by on-duty officers, according to WPVI-TV.
If Pownall is convicted, he faces the death penalty or life in prison without parole.