Police ID Suspect In Deadly Tacony Shooting Over Dog Waste

By Steve Beck, Jim Melwert

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Authorities say the suspect charged in the shooting death of a man over a dispute about dog waste had his license to carry a weapon revoked last month.

Tyrirk Harris, 27, has been charged with murder and other related offenses in the shooting death of 47-year-old Franklin Manuel Santana in the 6500 block of Torresdale Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

According to investigators, the incident began when Santana confronted Harris after Harris’ dog had defecated in his yard.

Authorities say Harris was carrying a gun, and when the confrontation turned physical, there was a struggle gun, shots were fired and Santana was shot dead.

Santana was shot at least three times in the neck and head. He leaves behind a young baby.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey called the incident a “senseless tragedy.”

“Those kinds of things just have to stop … that just makes no sense at all. I understand that supposedly there was some struggle, but multiples shots fired here and multiples shots is not accidental,” Ramsey said.

Residents along the block say the Chihuahua has been an issue in the past, but they can’t believe an argument over the dog turned deadly.

“Just feel really bad about this whole thing, this whole incident. I mean a two-and-a-half year old baby doesn’t have a father now. Over dog dirt, it’s ridiculous.”

Neighbors say Harris had recently lost his job as a school district police officer, and he regularly carried a gun in a holster, they say. Police say he had a license to carry but it had been revoked in January.

Harris has been charged with murder and related offenses. He remains behind bars.

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  • Philly

    Tyrirk ENOUGH SAID !

  • Distraught neighbor

    I agree… I have childrent that go to public school and let me tell ya…i don’t feel so great about that and about where we live as of today.

  • Distraught neighbor

    I cannot believe that this happened. As a near by neighbor, my family and I are completely distraught. This neighborhood is changing before our eyes. I mean, all this because someone would clean up after their own damn dog!! Such a disgrace!!!

  • engineer

    school district police officer doing this kind of stuff….get rid of all of them..

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