Prosecutors in Philadelphia have cleared four University of Pennsylvania police officers of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of a teenage carjacking suspect last fall.
The Philadelphia Daily News says the district attorney’s office issued a statement Monday saying that the officers were defending themselves when they fired back at 18-year-old Karl Sappleton on November 21, 2010.
Philadelphia police said they were pursuing Sappleton and 18-year-old Leslie Mosby in a stolen Cadillac that crashed on a street corner within the urban school’s West Philadelphia campus. Mosby was captured, but police said Sappleton was shot after he fired at the Penn officers.
Court records said Sappleton was being sought for failure to appear at a hearing in an unrelated case.