Suspect named, wanted for murder of police inspector’s son

UPDATED: 5:45 p.m.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police have named a suspect for the murder of a top police commander’s son over the weekend.

Police are searching for 19-year-old Tyquan “Fats” Atkinson, and they believe he is armed and dangerous.

Police believe Atkinson is responsible for shooting and killing of 20-year-old Nicholas Flacco, son of Internal Affairs Chief Inspector Chris Flacco.

Police say Flacco was tailgating after a Phillies game Saturday and was killed trying to break up a fight.

“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. 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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According to police, Atkinson’s last known address is along South 32nd and Tasker streets in Grays Ferry. He reportedly frequents 10th and Oregon streets as well as 12th and Ritner. He also does not have a criminal record or a permit to carry a gun.

Officers urge Atkinson to contact a lawyer and turn himself in. 

“We put out a patrol alert with his information,” Smith added. “I would hope that Mr. Atkinson does not want to remain a fugitive the rest of his life.”

Authorities ask that if you see the suspect, call 911. You can also submit a tip by calling 215-686-TIPS or texting 773847.

The $20,000 allocated as reward money may still be up for grabs for information leading to Atkinson’s whereabouts. 

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