Suspect in killing of corrections officer’s son captured

Phone calls that come at 1:30 a.m. rarely bring good news, but the one that awoke corrections officer Victor Guzman this morning brought Guzman the best news he's had in weeks.

On May 20, Guzman's stepson, 25-year-old Edward Pagan, was shot and killed in front of his Frankford house. Guzman also suffered a bullet wound to his arm during the shooting when he tried to usher his son inside.

Jalil Cooper

On Saturday, five firebombs - none of which ignited - were thrown in and around the Guzman home. That was the same day police identified Jalil Cooper, 20, as a suspect in Pagan's slaying.

Around 1 a.m. today, police captured Cooper on Keystone Street near Levick in the city's Tacony section, according to homicide detectives.

"Oh man, were ecstatic," said Guzman. "It was the best news we've heard in a long time."

Police said Cooper was taken in to custody without incident at his uncle's apartment.

"We knew they were going to get him, they just had to find him," Guzman said.

Cooper has been charged with murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault and related offenses for the May 20 shooting. Police have not charged him with Saturday's firebombing incident yet, saying that more investigation is needed.

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