Saturday, September 09, 2006

In Custody

Ralph Phillips was arrested at approximately 8:00 pm last night by members of the New York State Police in a Pennsylvania field just outside the NY border. He was immediately transported back to New York where he will be arraigned this morning for murder and assault.

Phillips' arrest comes two days before the funeral of Trooper Joseph Longobardo, who died last Sunday. One other Trooper, Donald Baker Jr., is still in critical condition. Both men were ambushed by Phillips on August 31st as they watched the house of Phillips' former girlfriend.

New York State Police Superintendent Wayne Bennett made a statement that Phillips will spend the rest of his life in prison. There's no doubt that that a more satisfactory ending would have been Phillips being excorted out of that field in a body bag rather than handcuffs, but we'll take what we can get. Praise God there was no further loss of life or injury to the hundreds of police officers who participated in the manhunt.

From what I hear Trooper Baker is still in very, very critical condition. Please pray for him.

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