Ex-police Charged In Stolen Pizza Case
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Two former Philadelphia police officers face charges in an off-duty shooting over a stolen pizza that led to a man’s death.
Prosecutors said Friday that 39-year-old Chauncey Ellison has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and other offenses. His now-former girlfriend, 44- year-old Robin Fortune, is charged with conspiracy and related counts.
Ellison and Fortune were off duty in 2008 when their 14-year-old sons said they were robbed of a pizza. The officers went searching for the suspect, and authorities say Ellison ended up shooting a 19-year-old bystander.
Victim Lawrence Allen was paralyzed and died three months later. Ellison and Fortune were fired in 2010.
District Attorney Seth Williams brought the case to a grand jury, which recommended the charges. It’s not clear if either defendant has a lawyer.