PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A murder charge has been reduced against a white Philadelphia police officer who shot and killed a black man after a confrontation over a dirt bike last year.
A judge on Thursday reduced a first-degree murder charge against Ryan Pownall to a third-degree charge. He also granted bail, set at $500,000.
Police say Pownall confronted 30-year-old David Jones in June 2017 for riding a dirt bike on a city street, frisked him and felt a gun. After a scuffle, Pownall’s gun jammed when he tried to shoot Jones.
Jones fled, throwing his gun. Pownall fired again and fatally shot Jones in the back.