City prosecutors are investigating circumstances surrounding the Monday evening shooting of the teenage son of a nearly 25-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department. The officer allegedly shot the youth at the elder’s Northeast Philadelphia residence, police sources said.
Officer Dorion Young, 46, of the 2700 block of Taunton Street, is under investigation following a verbal dispute with his son that then became physical, police said Tuesday. The fight escalated, leading Young to allegedly fire twice at his son, according to law enforcement sources.
Young’s son was struck once in the chest and transported to Aria-Torresdale Hospital. He was listed Tuesday morning in critical but stable condition. Authorities have not released his name.
Additional details about the nature of the dispute are not yet available.
A spokeswoman for the Philadelphia district attorney’s office confirmed that case has been referred to the office, which is looking into whether there will be any charges filed against Young.
Detectives with the police department’s internal affairs bureau interviewed two people who witnessed the altercation.
In the past five years, Young has not had any citizen complaints lodged against him, according to the bureau.
Young has been placed on desk duty while the matter is under investigation, which is standard procedure for officers who may be involved in shooting incidents.
NewsWorks reporter Dana DiFilippo contributed to this report.