Saturday, July 4, 2015

Teen who refused to cooperate with police found dead

A teenager who refused to cooperate with police when he was beat up outside of a 7-11 Friday night was found shot to death this morning in Upper Darby, police said.

Teen who refused to cooperate with police found dead

A teenager who refused to cooperate with police when he was beat up outside of a 7-11 Friday night was found shot to death this morning in Upper Darby, police said.

"He probably should have been cooperative," said Upper Darby Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood.

Melvin Stewart, 18, was shot once in the head on Samson Street near 2nd around 12:04 a.m., Chitwood said. Stewart was alive when police responded to the scene but later died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Police said they have no witnesses and have received little cooperation. However, investigation shows that around 2:37 a.m. Friday, police were called to the 7-11 on Garrett Road for a report of an assault, Chitwood said.

There, officers met with a wounded Stewart who, aside from claiming he was jumped by several men, refused to cooperate with police. Chitwood said that despite Stewart's claims, it was one man, not several, who beat him up.

Police are currently going through surveillance videos at the store to see if they offer any clues.

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