Three police officers from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania, were fired Thursday, two days after being charged in connection with the shooting death of 8-year-old Fanta Bility while she exited a high school football game on August 27, solicitor Sean Kilkenny confirmed to CNN.
The Sharon Hill Borough Council voted 6-1 Thursday night to fire the three officers, Kilkenny said.
Officers Devon Smith, Sean Dolan and Brian Devaney each were charged Tuesday with one count of voluntary manslaughter, one count of involuntary manslaughter and 10 counts of reckless endangerment, according to the criminal complaints.
Manslaughter charges were “appropriate” in this case rather than murder in the third degree because there was no evidence of malice, said a news release from Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer’s office. Bail was set at $500,000, unsecured, for each defendant and a preliminary hearing set for January 27 in state court. Continue Reading