Police Catch Suspects In Case Of Deadly Shootout

A Philadelphia police officer was shot and killed last week while on his way to work at Philadelphia International Airport. Several bullets hit the police officer.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the case.

Hendrick Pena-Fernandez, 21, of Pennsauken, and Alexander Batista-Polanco, 21, of Camden, were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Fox Philadelphia states that police captured a third suspect on Monday. The police arrested 18-year-old Yobranny Martinez-Fernandez.

The interim police commissioner, John Stanford, boasted to the arrested criminal, “I told you that we would catch you, and that’s precisely what we did.”

Officer Richard Mendez, 50, was shot and killed, and Officer Raul Ortiz was wounded; officials do not doubt that the three men were involved in the shooting. Jess Hernán Madera Durán, the fourth suspect, was killed shortly after Mendez was shot.

Murder, attempted criminal homicide of a law enforcement officer, criminal homicide of a law enforcement officer, assault on a law enforcement officer, robbery, and other violent crimes have been leveled against Batista-Polanco and Martinez-Fernandez.

It appears that one of the criminals opened fire on the police as they tried to arrest another. Police still haven’t located the murder weapon.

A Philadelphia police spokeswoman said that Alexander Batista-Polanco, of Camden, and Hendrick Pena-Fernandez, of Pennsauken, had been charged with the murder of Officer Richard Mendez.

Both defendants, now 21 years old, are accused of trying to kill Officer Raul Ortiz, Mendez’s partner.

Around 11 p.m. on October 12, police officers at Philadelphia International Airport were shot as they interrupted a car burglary in process in the airport’s parking garage.

First Deputy Commissioner Frank Vanore said the evidence suggests Mendez and Ortiz were shot from behind.

Pena-Fernandez was not at home when police arrived at his residence early on Wednesday. The suspect was apprehended shortly afterward and was subsequently transferred to Camden County Jail.