UPDATE: Philadelphia Police just identified the driver as 26-year-old Thomas Hennelly of Havertown. He pleaded guilty to fraud charges in 2008, was charged with assault and terroristic threats in 2004, and pleaded guilty to simple assault in 2005.
When a cop in your town drops a hit-and-run derelict a couple miles away from your house, the streets instantly become safer. And that’s exactly what happened near Temple University yesterday.
As he was leaving the scene, Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said the case remained under investigation.
“But from what I’ve seen so far,” he said, “it looks to be a justifiable shooting.”
Justifiable? Those who prefer safe streets would say commendable.
I’m sure family and friends will miss him but good riddance in a streets-are-safer sense. Even if what people are saying that he’s a recovering addict who recently slid back into drug use after suffering a “loss” is true, his actions brought about his end, with a willful disregard for others’ safety.
He could have killed someone. And he threatened to do so. While I feel bad for the family and friends left behind, I would have felt worse for an innocent victim.
Heal up quick, Temple guy. And don’t dwell on this too long, officer; you did the right thing.
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