District Attorney Krasner Announces Charges for Attempted Murder of Officer
Jane Roh, 215–686–8711, Jane.Roh@phila.gov
PHILADELPHIA (Dec. 23, 2020) — District Attorney Larry Krasner on Wednesday announced Attempted Murder and related charges against Devon Smith (DOB: 12/5/2001) for a shooting that resulted in non-serious injuries to a Philadelphia Police Officer.
At approximately 10:40 p.m. on Tuesday night, two 12th District police officers responded to a domestic incident at the 1200 block of South 56th Street. Smith is alleged to have had both hands in his pockets, and to have indicated that he had a gun in one pocket. As one officer approached and attempted to apprehend Smith, Smith is alleged to have fired a gunshot, missing the officer but causing gunpowder burns to his face, for which he was later treated.
The other officer disarmed Smith, who was arrested without further incident.
The District Attorney’s Office will be charging Smith with Attempted Murder (H), Aggravated Assault (F1), Aggravated Assault on Police (F1), and related charges. The DAO is requesting that Smith be detained pre-trial, and due to the cash bail system of the Commonwealth will be recommending to the bail magistrate on duty that Smith be held on $2 million.
“We are grateful that these officers emerged from this dangerous incident alive and largely uninjured. The allegations against this defendant are serious, and he will be held accountable by my office and the courts,” District Attorney Krasner said. “Anyone who would fire a shot at a police officer is someone who has no business owning a gun. Our officers should not have to contend with a city and nation that has more guns than people. I once again call on local and national leaders to keep all of our communities safe by stringently restricting the manufacture and commerce of deadly firearms.”
The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office is the largest prosecutor’s office in Pennsylvania, and one of the largest in the nation. It serves the more than 1.5 million citizens of the City and County of Philadelphia, employing 600 lawyers, detectives, and support staff. The District Attorney’s Office is responsible for prosecution of approximately 40,000 criminal cases annually.