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Two Charged in Officer’s Slaying, Third Man Being Sought

January 21, 1996

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Two men were charged Saturday in the slaying of a police officer who was gunned down outside a bar after arguing with the suspects and a third man being sought in the killing.

Hours earlier, a detective who was with the officer had testified against the missing suspect in a weapons case. Police were investigating whether that was the motive for the shooting.

Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Zappile called the slaying of Officer Robert Porter an ``out-and-out assassination.″

Porter is the second Philadelphia police officer to be killed this year.

Porter, a seven-year veteran, and detective Kyle Bey were off duty when they entered Scooters bar in Mantua. Three men inside recognized them as police officers, and after a confrontation, followed them outside, Zappile said.

Once outside the bar, the officers got in a truck driven by Bey. Zappile said the three men then pulled alongside and opened fire.

Porter was struck several times in the upper back and side. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. Bey was not wounded.

``They didn’t have time to fire their weapons,″ Zappile said of the officers.

Brian Young, 19, and Dwayne Brown, 22, both of Philadelphia, were arrested several blocks away an hour after the shooting. The third suspect, the one Bey testified against earlier Friday, was still at large late Saturday.

On Jan. 2, Officer Lauretha Vaird, 43, was shot to death during a bank robbery. Three men, two of them local rap music artists, have been charged in her slaying.