Buckingham, Pennsylvania’s Miles Pfeffer accused of shooting Philadelphia’s Christopher Fitzgerald

Christopher David Fitzgerald of Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, United States has died. He was 31.

Fitzgerald is Dr. Joel J. Fitzgerald Sr. and Pauline Fitzgerald‘s son. In May 2020, Joel was appointed chief of police in Waterloo, Iowa, USA.


In October 2021, Christopher joined the university police force of Temple University in Philadelphia. At around 7:12 p.m. on February 18, 2023, he was pursuing carjacking suspects on foot near Temple University campus.

The suspects allegedly carjacked an Infiniti Q60. One of the suspects named Miles K. Pfeffer, 18, of Buckingham, Buckingham Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania was seen in video surveillance firing a handgun at Christopher.

While Christopher was laying on the ground and wounded, Pfeffer stood over the police officer and fired several more shots into the face and head area, went through his pockets and tried to steal his gun. At 7:27 p.m., the police officer was pronounced dead at the hospital of Temple University.

After fleeing the scene, Pfeffer allegedly carjacked another person. Later that evening, his mother drove him home in Buckingham.

Miles Pfeffer (©Philadelphia Police Department)
Miles K. Pfeffer (©Philadelphia Police Department)

Pfeffer has a juvenile criminal record in Bucks County. Since 2018, he, his younger brother and their mother have lived on a 20-acre estate worth $1.2 million in Buckingham.

On November 29, 2022, Pfeffer took to Instagram to post a photo of a man holding wads of cash. In the caption, he wrote, “Work smart not hard make stupid decisions face stupid consequences.”

At 7:12 am on February 19, 2023, Pfeffer was arrested at his family’s property in Buckingham by members of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Central Bucks Special Response Team, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Buckingham Township Police Department and the Philadelphia Police Department. The teenager was placed in Christopher’s handcuffs and was brought to the headquarters of the Philadelphia Police Department.

A total of 24 charges were filed against Pfeffer including murder, homicide of law enforcement officer, evading arrest, theft by unlawful taking, theft-receiving stolen property and Violation of the Uniform Firearms Act (VUFA). He is not eligible for bail.

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