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WEST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Police have arrested a man in connection with the

stabbing death of his brother.

The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. Sunday on the 5800 block of Christian Street

in West Philadelphia.

Investigators say the 52-year-old suspect got into a heated argument with his 36-year-

old brother after watching the Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match.

Police say during the argument, the older brother pulled out a knife and stabbed his

younger brother several times.

The victim was pronounced dead inside the house.

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The death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray has been ruled a homicide caused by severe trauma

after conducting an independent investigation. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby just announced

SIX police officers will be charged in his death.

Ms. Mosby did not allege that the van driver, Officer Caesar R. Goodson, Jr., intentionally gave

Mr. Gray a “rough ride,” to slam him against the metal walls of the van. But Officer Goodson

was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault and misconduct in office.

Lt. Brian W. Rice was charged with manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and false im-

prisonment. Officer William G. Porter and Sgt. Alicia D. White were each charged with man-

slaughter, assault and misconduct in office. Officers Edward M. Nero and Garrett E. Miller were

charged with assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

As Ms. Mosby finished reading her dramatic announcement, the news began to ripple through

a crowd of African-American residents and activists who had pooled around her, mingling with

reporters. Edward Jenkins, 44, a motivational speaker and musician who goes by the name Voyce,

approached and could hardly contain his surprise when he was told of the charges. “Are you

serious?” he said.

Mr. Jenkins, a Baltimore resident who grew up in Mr. Gray’s neighborhood, said he thought the

announcement might put a damper on further unrest. “I think this will take some of the nervous-

ness off of it, but they’ll still want a guilty verdict,” he said.

ABC News reports:

Mosby announced a series of charges now facing the six police officers involved in putting Gray in

custody and transporting him in the police wagon on the morning of April 12. The charges vary for

each individual, but include several counts of manslaughter, second degree assault, misconduct in

office, and false imprisonment among others. The serious charge she listed was second degree

depraved heart murder, which only one officer faces. A warrant has been issued for the police

officer’s arrest, Mosby said.

The Baltimore man was taken into custody on April 12th where he sustained a spinal injury that

needed medical attention. After a week of being in a coma, Freddie eventually succumbed to his

injuries and died. On Monday, violent protests were sparked in Baltimore where stores were looted

and buildings set on fire. There has been social unrest in Baltimore and cities around the country

as citizens march for justice.

Definitely a step in the right direction for justice for this young man. We’re keeping his family and

friends in our prayers.

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A 2-year-old Arizona boy was hospitalized in critical but stable condition Friday after shooting himself in

the face with a gun that police said was apparently rolled up in sheets on a bed.

The shooting occurred Thursday night while the Peoria boy and a 7-year-old brother were being watched

by a grandmother and aunt.

Police say the boy was playing on the bed in the master bedroom when he found the gun, which belonged

to his father, who was not at home at the time.

Authorities say the bullet struck the boy’s cheek and exited his head. A portion of his skull was removed

to alleviate swelling.

The investigation continues and no criminal charges are pending at this time.

No identities were released.

Peoria is a city in suburban Phoenix.

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A woman killed in a Thursday afternoon shootout with police near Underground Atlanta was a 25-year-old

mother of two with a long police record that includes eight arrests in Fulton County dating back to 2006.

The Fulton Medical Examiner’s office Friday identified the woman as Alexia Christian.

According to county jail records, Christian was most recently arrested by East Point police in March for selling

marijuana, and by Atlanta police in January for shoplifting. Three of her prior arrests involved charges of auto

theft. In two of those arrests, she was also charged with obstructing officers, jail records show.

Steps away from the Underground Atlanta police precinct, and within a block of the Fulton County courthouse

and administration building where Brian Nichols killed three people just over 10 years ago, officers shot and

killed Christian after she allegedly fired shots from the backseat of a patrol car about 5 p.m.

It all began when Christian, who police believed had stolen a car, was put into the back of a patrol car, Atlanta

police said Thursday night. But somehow, and it wasn’t known how, Christian had a gun and fired shots at two

officers, Major Darin Schierbaum said. Officers returned fire, striking Christian at least twice, Schierbaum said.

No officers were injured.

The sound of gunshots was startling to those near the downtown intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

and Pryor Street just as the afternoon rush hour was beginning.

Valencia Riden said she heard six or seven shots as she approached the intersection, but wasn’t sure where the

shots were fired. And she didn’t stop to ask.

As some witnesses took cover, others downtown found themselves stranded as officers quickly closed roads in

the area and an Underground parking deck. Most had no idea what had happened, but there was no mistaken

what they’d heard.

“We heard three shots,” said Tressa Madden, who was trying to cross the street at the time. “We heard three

more shots and everybody ran back across the street.”

Madden saw an officer fire a shot, but she wasn’t sure at whom he was firing.

Witnesses watched as officers pulled Christian from the patrol car and administered CPR. The woman was

then loaded into the back of an ambulance and driven to Grady Memorial Hospital, where she later died.

Officers surrounded the patrol car, its windows shattered, where gunfire was exchanged for the investigation

into what happened.

At a time when the use of deadly force by police is facing increasing scrutiny, Atlanta police began releasing

details about the incident within the hour, leading up to a news conference shortly before 7 p.m.

“Atlanta police commanders wanted to release information as quickly as it could be confirmed,” police

spokesman Sgt. Greg Lyon said. “We owe it to the people we serve to be as transparent as we can in these

types of situations.”

Schierbaum said he also couldn’t confirm whether the woman was searched and handcuffed prior to being

put in the back of the patrol car. The patrol car’s front and back windshields had gaping holes from gunshots

while officers investigated the shooting.

Some roads in the area were temporarily closed during the investigation to give officers space. A parking

deck near Underground was also temporary closed. Later Thursday evening, officers cleared the scene,

re-opening roads and the parking deck.

The names of the officers involved were not released.

Police officials have also not said if Christian was under arrest when the incident occurred or if she was frisked

before being put in the back of the patrol car. However, Channel 2 reported that Christian was handcuffed

before she was placed in the vehicle.

“At this time,” Atlanta police Sgt. Greg Lyon told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Friday morning, “we are

not releasing additional info about the incident.”

Chief George Turner is scheduled to discuss the fatal shooting at a 2:30 p.m. press conference at police head-

quarters, Lyon said.

The incident was the department’s second officer-involved shooting this year.

Yuric J. Ussery, 22, was shot and wounded while fleeing police April 8 after two officers, who were part of a

crime-suppression unit, tried to stop him for jaywalking in the Mechanicsville neighborhood. Instead,

Ussery fled and the pursing officers said they shot him after he pointed a gun at them.

There were nine shootings involving Atlanta police officers in 2014, department spokeswoman Elizabeth

Espy said.

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