Bucks County teen formally charged with murder of Temple University police officer

Sources say the suspect told investigators he melted the gun he used in the killing of Officer Christopher Fitzgerald.

Monday, February 20, 2023
Bucks Co. teen formally charged with murder of Temple officer
Temple police transported 18-year old Miles Pfeffer to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. He has been formally charged with the murder of Officer Christopher Fitzgerald.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- It only took 12 hours for police to arrest the suspect accused of killing Temple University Police Officer Christopher Fitzgerald on Saturday night.

Miles Pfeffer, 18, was taken into custody Sunday morning at his home on Quarry Road in Buckingham Township, Bucks County.

On Monday morning, Temple police transported Pfeffer to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. He has now been arraigned, and formally charged with murder and murder of a police officer.

It wasn't hard for police to track Pfeffer's movements. Action News is told most of the incident was captured on surveillance video.

Authorities say the 18-year-old deliberately and fatally shot Officer Fitzgerald after a short pursuit and struggle on North 18th Street near Temple University's campus.

Miles Pfeffer

According to court records obtained by Action News, Officer Fitzgerald was initially responding to reports of a robbery near 17th Street and West Montgomery Avenue when he first encountered Pfeffer.

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After the shooting, authorities say Pfeffer stood over the officer and shot him several more times in the head while he was on the ground. Pfeffer is also accused of trying to rob Officer Fitzgerald of his service weapon but was unsuccessful.

Action News spoke to U.S. Marshal Robert Clark who was there when Pfeffer was caught. He says Pfeffer was apprehended using Officer's Fitzgerald handcuffs.

"That's a tradition that we do, any time there's a fallen officer," said Clark.

Documents reveal how officers were able to track Pfeffer down using the help of surveillance and other videos.

Shortly after the fatal shooting, video appears to show Pfeffer committing a carjacking.

That stolen car was found dumped at North 30th Street and Sedgley Avenue. Authorities say Pfeffer then made his way almost an hour away to Buckingham Township.

"We worked and collaborated last night since the time of the incident. I think it's phenomenal for the family, for law enforcement, for the city to get someone in custody so quickly," said Clark.

Following his arrest, authorities spent much of Sunday afternoon searching the teen's large family home.

Sources tell Action News the suspect told investigators he melted the gun he used in the crime.

Chopper 6 was above as officers sifted through a fire pit.

Chopper 6 was overhead in Bucks County on Feb. 19, 2023, as investigators gathered evidence in connection with the killing of Temple Officer Christopher Fitzgerald.

Action News is also told authorities recovered several weapons from the property.

Sources say Pfeffer was accompanied by two other people, but they have not been identified.

Pfeffer is charged with murder, murder of a law enforcement officer and related offenses, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. He is also facing charges in connection with the carjacking.

Funeral arrangements announced for Officer Fitzgerald

Funeral arrangements were announced Monday for Fitzgerald.

According to FOP Lodge #5, a viewing will be held on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the John F. Givnish Funeral Home on Academy Road.

There will also be a second viewing on Friday morning from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

The funeral service will be held immediately after that viewing.

Fitzgerald will be laid to rest at the Forest Hills Cemetery on Byberry Road in Huntingdon Valley.