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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

[PA] Officer Caren Perez is said to have shot husband in self defense

Philadelphia police officer Caren Perez was said to be acting in self-defense when she shot and wounded her husband David Perez - who has been charged with stalking and assault. His attorney said David “categorically denies any prior abuse, either physical or mental."

OFF-DUTY PHILLY COP SHOOTS, WOUNDS HUSBAND IN BUCKS
APRIL 19, 2017
[Excerpts] An off-duty Philadelphia police officer shot and wounded her husband in the driveway of their Bucks County home... Police received a report of a "domestic incident"... The husband, who was shot in his lower abdomen area, was taken to St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, where he was in stable condition and is expected to survive. His wife was taken to the Northampton Township police station and was to be questioned by police and the Bucks County District Attorney's Office... The couple's three children were in the home at the time of the shooting and were not injured. The Philadelphia officer allegedly used her personal gun, not her service weapon... The Philadelphia Police Department's Internal Affairs Division is also investigating the matter... [Full article here]

OFF-DUTY PHILLY POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF SHOOTING HUSBAND IN THE GROIN
April 18, 2017
[Excerpts] An off-duty Philadelphia police officer was taken into custody after she allegedly shot her husband in the groin in their driveway at a Bucks County home... When [police] arrived they found a man who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the groin. He was taken to the hospital for treatment. Officials have not yet revealed his condition... Police say the couple’s three children, including a baby, were inside the home at the time of the shooting though none of them were injured. They are now in the care of Bucks County Children and Youth Services... [Full article here]

BUCKS DA: NO DECISION YET IF OFF-DUTY PHILLY OFFICER WILL BE CHARGED IN HUSBAND'S SHOOTING
Updated: APRIL 19, 2017
[Excerpts] ...The woman, whose name has not been released, went to the Northampton Township police station after the shooting Tuesday and "left of her own accord," [Bucks County District Attorney Matthew] Weintraub said... Weintraub and [Northampton Police Chief Michael] Clark have declined to release the names of either person... [Full article here]

PHILLY OFFICER'S SHOOTING OF HUSBAND IS RULED SELF-DEFENSE
Updated: MAY 3, 2017
[Excerpts] A Philadelphia police officer was acting in self-defense when she shot and wounded her husband two weeks ago in the driveway of their Bucks County home... David Perez, 27, who is recovering from the wound to the abdomen, has been charged with stalking and simple assault on his wife, Officer Caren Perez... "Ms. Perez repeatedly had been threatened and physically assaulted by her husband in the past," the Bucks County District Attorney's Office said... An investigation concluded "that Ms. Perez fired her weapon only after being assaulted yet again, and only after she reasonably concluded that her life was in immediate danger," the office said. Robert Gamburg, David Perez's attorney, said his client “categorically denies any prior abuse, either physical or mental"... The affidavit of probable cause gives the following account: When police were called to the couple's home on the morning of April 18, they found the husband in the living room, shot... The wife later told investigators that her husband had assaulted her several times since 2014... In one instance, she told investigators, early on Sept. 5, 2014, after David Perez returned home, he woke her, accused her of lying, grabbed her hair, and punched her in the face numerous times. The most recent assault before the shooting occurred April 2, when the husband confronted his wife outside of a relative's Camden home, accused her of cheating, grabbed her arm, then pushed her into a fence and trash cans, the affidavit continues. On the morning of April 18, Caren Perez later told investigators, her husband demanded to see the contents of her phone, and after she refused, he blocked her from leaving their bedroom. After she made her way out of the bedroom, her husband yelled and cursed, demanding her phone, she told investigators. Fearing for her life, she said, she grabbed her handgun, and during a struggle, it fell to the floor. David Perez then took his gun, and while the two struggled over it, he pointed it at himself and tried to put his wife's finger on the trigger. "Go ahead, shoot me, take me out of my misery, pull the trigger," he is quoted as saying in the affidavit. When the struggle ended, her husband again asked to see her phone, and this time, she gave it to him. Caren Perez then attempted to leave in her car, but her husband grabbed the keys, and told her, "You're not ... going anywhere," according to the affidavit. David Perez then "drop kicked" his wife, charged at her, and made her fear he was going to kill her, she told investigators. That's when she pulled out her gun and fired once at him, the affidavit says. Perez was arraigned Wednesday at the Bucks County Justice Center in Doylestown and released. He was ordered not to have any handguns and not to have any contact with his wife. He faces a preliminary hearing next Thursday in Richboro. [Full article here]

NO CHARGES AGAINST PHILLY OFFICER WHO SHOT HUSBAND OUTSIDE BUCKS COUNTY HOME
May 3, 2017
[Excerpts] ...The April 18 shooting was ruled self-defense. Off-duty officer Caren Perez shot her husband David Perez in the abdomen... “It’s been going on for some time and this is when it just came to a head,” Clark said, “and Ms. Perez did everything she could to protect herself and her family.” According to the criminal complaint, Caren Perez told police her husband had assaulted her several times since 2014. When an argument over her phone on the morning in question got physical, she tried to get their kids in the car, but he wouldn’t give her the car keys. In the driveway, the complaint says he kicked her, then charged at her, that’s when she shot him. David Perez is free on $75,000 unsecured bail, with the conditions he possess no handguns and has no contact with his wife. [Full article here]

STALKING, ASSAULT CHARGES FILED VS. MAN SHOT BY OFF-DUTY COP / WIFE IN NORTHAMPTON
BucksCounty.org
May 3, 2017
[Excerpts] Northampton Township police and Bucks County detectives today arrested David Perez, 27, on stalking and assault charges after an investigation into a shooting April 18, 2017... David Perez also is charged with simple assault stemming from a 2015 incident at the couple’s previous residence in Philadelphia. The charges allege that he repeatedly punched Caren Perez with a closed fist in the chest and face, causing cuts and bruises. The charges were filed on Tuesday in Magisterial District Court 07-2-01, and Perez was taken into custody around noon today at the Bucks County Justice Center in Doylestown. He was arraigned via videoconference by Magisterial District Judge William J. Benz, who set bail at $75,000, unsecured. Among the bail conditions are that Perez possess no firearms and that he have no contact with Caren Perez. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 11 before Judge Benz, 60 Township Road, Richboro, PA. Stalking is a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $10,000. Simple assault is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable by up to two years in prison and a fine of $5,000. These charges are allegations only, and Mr. Perez is presumed innocent unless and until the charges are proven in a court of law. Prosecution of this case has been assigned to Bucks County Assistant District Attorney Jessica Bryant. [Full article here]
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