Suspect charged with murder of police inspector’s son

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Tyquan “Fats” Atkinson, accused of killing 20-year-old Nicholas Flacco, was arraigned early this morning. He’s charged with six crimes, including murder and carrying a firearm without a license. 

Philadelphia police took 19-year-old Atkinson into custody after picking him up Wednesday evening in Chester. 

Police say Flacco, the son of Internal Affairs Chief Inspector Chris Flacco, was tailgating after a Phillies game Saturday and was killed trying to break up a fight.

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“Basically you had a girl fight, which turned into a guy fight, and then somebody thought it was a good idea to bring a gun into the situation,” said Homicide Capt. Jason Smith. 

He said the two groups “have had encounters before in the past. One group is from Northeast Philly, and the other is from South Philadelphia. The potential for volatility is there.”

Smith said one of the girls in the group called Atkinson to FDR Park. When he arrived, he fired a bullet into Flacco’s chest. 

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