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May 20, 2015

Video showing Philly police officer's shooting death may be shown in court

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Slain officer's heroics in shootout may be shown in court

Surveillance video showing the shooting death of fallen Philadelphia Police Sgt. Robert Wilson III may be played at a preliminary hearing, according to the Associated Press.

The two men charged with murder in the case, 29-year-old ex-convict Carlton Hipps and 25-year-old Ramone Williams, his half-brother, are expected to be in court on Wednesday, the AP said. 

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Wilson, 30, an eight-year veteran assigned to the 22nd District, was in the GameStop store at 22nd Street and Lehigh Avenue in the Swampoodle neighborhood of North Philadelphia on March 5 to buy his 9-year-old son a birthday present when police said Williams and Hipps entered with semi-automatic guns and announced a robbery. 

Police said a shooting broke out when the two saw Wilson, who continued to defend the store's patrons, firing back even after being hit multiple times with gunfire. He was hit nine times, taking at least one bullet to the head. 

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey promoted him posthumously to the rank of sergeant for his heroism and named the department's Medal of Valor after him.

Read the full Associated Press report here.