3 teens charged in Pennsylvania officer’s death

The casket of Scranton Police Patrolman John Wilding is led into Lackawanna College by Scranton patrolmen on Thursday, July 16, 2015, for a public viewing in downtown Scranton, Pa. A coroner ruled a homicide in the death of Wilding, who fell 15 feet over a wall while in pursuit of three armed robbery suspects, which occurred early Saturday morning. Wilding, 29, died from a severe head injury on Sunday morning. All three suspects are in police custody. (Butch Comegys/The Scranton Times-Tribune via AP) WILKES BARRE TIMES-LEADER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – Three teenagers have been charged as adults with second-degree murder in the death of a northeastern Pennsylvania police officer who fell 15 feet while chasing them.

Scranton officer John Wilding was taking part in a foot chase last month when he jumped over a wall, believing the drop to be only 2 or 3 feet. He fell 15 feet onto his back and died the next day.

The teenagers were suspects in an armed robbery. They were arraigned Thursday afternoon on murder charges.

Lackawanna County Chief Public Defender Lawrence Moran is representing suspects Isiah Edwards, Nasiir Jones and Tanner Curtis, all 17. He calls Wilding’s death a tragic accident. He says he will seek to move the case to juvenile court.

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