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Relatives of a man shot and killed by undercover police in Tacony this week met with Commissioner Richard Ross on Thursday to express their concerns about the incident, according to a lawyer for the family.

The head of the police union, meanwhile, issued a letter asking for people “to hold judgment until all facts are known,” adding: “It’s unfortunate that city leaders and others are prematurely second-guessing the tactics of police officers during a volatile and chaotic situation that [led] to the death of an alleged drug suspect.”

It was the latest fallout from Monday’s shooting, when an unidentified plainclothes officer fatally shot 36-year-old Jeffrey Dennis. Police said Dennis drove his car into another officer as police confronted him while preparing to execute a search warrant for narcotics at his house.

Attorney Lee Merritt raised concerns that the officer positioned farthest from Dennis shot and killed the unarmed man, while the officers standing closest to Dennis did not perceive a threat. 

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