Day 3 of jury deliberations resumes in murder trial of former Philadelphia cop Eric Ruch

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PHILADELPHIA (TSWT) – Day 3 of jury deliberations in the murder trial of former Philadelphia police officer Eric Ruchu is underway on Wednesday. Ruch is charged with third-degree manslaughter in the 2017 shooting of 25-year-old Dennis Plowden.

The shooting took place after Plowden was involved in a car accident in East Germantown, following a brief police chase. Officers believed his car was linked to a murder investigation.

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Plowden was not armed when he was shot.

Testimonials from other officers suggested that Plowden posed a danger to the police. Investigators say Ruch shot him, the bullet went through his hand and into his head, killing him.

This is the first time in at least 40 years that an on-duty police officer has been charged with murder.

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