A few nights ago, A guy I was in the reserves with,(years ago,) was shot dead...
He was an officer in the Upper Darby police department, and while doing a routine check on a vehicle parked in the neighborhood, a guy ran out of his house put a gun up to his head and blew Dennis McNamara's brains out..... This guy was released a few years back on $100 bail on a gun charge while he was on parole for some violent crime I can't remember at the moment... (he was a member of the pagans Motorcycle gang))...... the judge just let him go for $100......
My opinion on this, and maybe it is because I played softball with McNamara, and did all kinds of other army stuff with him while we were drilling together, but when this "inhuman piece of garbage...." (and I have no doubts that they will easily prove that he did it given the fact that several people witnessed the shooting....) is found guilty BEYOND a REASONABLE DOUBT, then the scumbag should fry like bacon....... If it were up to me, the Judge (Elaine Berkoff) would fry right next to him......
Below are some further background from the Philadelphia Inquirer
By George Anastasia and Mark Stroh
INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Local and state police had been looking for notorious outlaw motorcycle club leader Thomas James "Tom Thumb" Campbell for more than two years after he failed to show for trial on a weapons-offense charge in Montgomery County in late 1999.
Upper Darby Officer Dennis McNamara unwittingly found him late Wednesday, police say.
Authorities say Campbell pumped a fatal bullet into the police officer's face during that encounter. Whether McNamara had any idea who Campbell was is uncertain.
What is clear is that police have long known what trouble the 6-foot-5, 230-pound biker was capable of. One arrest warrant described him as "armed and dangerous," warning that he "will shoot cops."
"He's a longtime criminal, an infamous criminal in Montgomery County with a record dating back three decades or more," District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. said yesterday. "He did not want to be captured. He was facing serious jail time, and that's obviously a motive for murder."
In the underworld, outlaw motorcycle gangs are a breed apart.
Even in the the world of mobsters, drug dealers and assorted criminal low-lifes, bikers are "special," often considered more violent and less rational than the others. And the Pagans, the motorcycle club to which Campbell apparently belonged, may be the most notorious of that notorious breed.
"The Pagans are crazy," mob informant Nicholas "Nicky Crow" Caramandi said in the late 1980s, explaining why former mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo - considered a psychopathic killer by many in law enforcement - opted to avoid a confrontation with the biker group in a dispute over the sale and distribution of methamphetamines.
Little has changed over the last decade and a half. The Pagans remain a dominant force in the underworld drug trade, although law enforcement sources believe they have expanded that trade to include cocaine as well as methamphetamines. They are also involved in chop shops, strong-arm extortions and prostitution, often through control of go-go bars and dancers, police say.
A biker for most of his adult life, Campbell has the numeral 13 tattooed on his left bicep. Investigators say the number is significant in the Pagans organization because it denotes the gang's 13 original founders. Pagans who have the number on the backs of their jackets or "colors" are members of the mother club; it is unclear whether Campbell held such a high-ranking leadership position.
Campbell was described by some law enforcement sources yesterday as vice president of the Pagans' Bucks County chapter. Other sources, however, say he recently fell out of favor and was no longer an active member. At least one source claims Campbell had been "put out bad" - drummed out of the organization.
Thomas James Campbell, according to state prison records, has spent nearly half of his adult life behind bars. A North Penn High School dropout, he has an arrest record dating to 1967 for offenses ranging from armed robbery and assault with intent to kill - he once shot a man in the chest in a drive-by shooting - to larceny and drug dealing.
Campbell served almost continuous prison sentences in Pennsylvania and New Jersey between 1974 and 1994. One prison career highlight was a brazen escape from a work-release program at Montgomery County's Graterford Prison in 1979.
His most recent arrest was late in 1998, when he was charged after an automobile
accident with disorderly conduct and carrying a firearm. Released on bail,
he did not show up for trial and an arrest warrant was issued. Authorities tried often to serve arrest warrants on him in Hatfield, Skippack and Upper Perkiomen but were never able to catch him. Police sources believe he moved around often, living with friends and stopping occasionally at flophouses and inexpensive hotels and motels.
One source familiar with the biker underworld said Campbell was forced out of the Pagans recently because his suspected drug-dealing and the constant police search for him were drawing too much attention to the club.
The Pagans and their bitter rivals, the Warlocks, have long been the Philadelphia region's dominant motorcycle clubs. Each has a history of wanton violence and drug dealing.
The shooting of McNamara was similar to the 1995 slaying of Franklin Township, N.J., police Sgt. Ippolito Gonzalez, in which Robert "Mudman" Simon, a member of the Warlocks and a career criminal, apparently panicked during a routine motor vehicle stop and opened fire on Gonzalez.
"[Simon] just decided he wasn't going to go back to prison," an investigator familiar with that case said.
Authorities were able only to speculate yesterday about what allegedly led Campbell to open fire on McNamara. But those familiar with his extensive criminal background were not surprised.
More than 20 years ago, during a 1980 sentencing hearing for armed robbery and related offenses, Campbell was described by a prosecutor as a career criminal who "has never contributed one iota to society. He has only looted, pillaged and robbed."
More recently, a source familiar with the biker underworld said, Campbell had vowed that he would not go back to jail without taking out a police officer.
"He told some people that before he gets arrested again, he's going to kill a cop," the source said yesterday. "He was going to put a cop down before he got arrested."
Hours after the Upper Darby officer was killed, a longtime member of the Pagans motorcycle gang was badly injured after a police pursuit.
By Steve Esack and Ralph Vigoda
INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
In front of the house on Perry Avenue, Mary Ryan knelt in the street, a couple of feet from the curb, and did her best to comfort the dying policeman.
Dennis McNamara, blood dribbling from his mouth, did not speak. Ryan tried to open his shirt, and searched – in vain - to find a pulse. She cradled his head.
"I just held him, just to let him know that he was not alone and help was on the way," Ryan said yesterday, her voice cracking.
But McNamara, 43, an eight-year veteran of the Upper Darby Police Department, was beyond help, shot once in the right temple late Wednesday after investigating a parked car. Police said he was shot by a lifelong criminal who had vowed to "kill a cop" before he was arrested again.
McNamara was taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was pronounced dead not long after arrival, the first Upper Darby officer slain in the line of duty.
Hours later, a Dodge Neon driven by the suspect, Thomas James "Tom Thumb" Campbell - a wanted man who has spent at least 20 of his 52 years in prisons in Virginia, New Jersey and Pennsylvania - was seen in Upper Bucks County by state troopers. A short chase ended on winding Brick Tavern Road in Milford Township, when Campbell rammed the car into a 15-foot-tall pine tree, snapping it in two. The car flipped and Campbell apparently was ejected.
According to a witness, a trooper held a shotgun on Campbell and shouted, "Don't move," then instructed an onlooker to call 911. Campbell was taken to Lehigh Valley Medical Center near Allentown, where he was in critical condition yesterday.
Delaware County District Attorney Patricia N. Holsten said Campbell - a longtime member of the Pagans motorcycle gang, although his current status is unclear - will be arraigned in Lehigh County on murder, assault and numerous other charges. He will be returned to Delaware County "as soon as medically feasible," she said.
Campbell has an arrest record going back to the fall of 1967, a few months after he turned 18. Authorities have been looking for him since December 1999, when he failed to appear in court on charges of carrying a firearm and disorderly conduct. In June 2000, he was put on Montgomery County's most-wanted list.
McNamara, an Air Force veteran who remained active in the Reserve, was one of the most decorated officers in the Upper Darby department, police said yesterday. He is survived by his wife and two children.
"We've been to funerals, other officers, other departments," said Vincent Ficchi, superintendent of the 115-member Police Department. "But we've never experienced the pain firsthand. . . . In my 23 years, last night was the toughest night I've had."
McNamara, who spent his entire career as a patrolman, was driving along the 6700 block of Perry Avenue on Wednesday night when he radioed in at 9:34 p.m. that he was about to investigate a car - its lights off - parked in front of 6769, one of 13 rowhouses on the street. The house was known by police to be frequented by Pagans, and Ficchi said his department had helped other agencies conduct searches there.
"The officer observed something that raised his suspicion," Ficchi said, although he did not know what caught McNamara's attention. "It was not out of the norm. He was a digger," Ficchi added. "Knowing the history of the house, we believe he conducted an investigative stop."
Campbell called for backup, then exited his patrol car and began questioning someone. Witnesses say McNamara started to talk into his shoulder microphone when Campbell came out of the house, approached McNamara, pulled a handgun from a pocket, and fired a shot into the officer's head.
Mary Ryan said that she and her husband heard a "crack," and that her husband then said: "A cop's been shot outside."
Within seconds, she said, neighbors coming from their houses and firefighters from the station across the street converged on the scene. Ryan tried to comfort McNamara, but there was not much she could do.
"He didn't look like he was suffering," she said.
In minutes, Officer Leo Hanshaw arrived and broadcast that an officer was down. At nearly the same time, the county radio dispatcher began receiving calls about the shooting.
Witnesses gave a description of the blue Dodge Neon that Campbell drove; departments throughout the area were alerted.
State police at the Dublin barracks recognized Campbell's name from a wanted circular issued in mid-December, State Police Capt. Ted Kohuth said. The troopers also knew that Campbell frequented locations in Upper Bucks County. After McNamara was shot, they began visiting the sites where they thought Campbell would seek to hide, Kohuth said.
They also spoke to a former associate of Campbell's who lived in the area. Kohuth said the troopers told the man "it would be wise to pick up the telephone and dial 911" if he heard from Campbell.
About 2 a.m., the man dialed the emergency number after a car pulled into his driveway with its lights out and the driver knocked on his front and back doors. Troopers en route to the house then passed a car that matched the description of the Neon, turned, and began to follow it. They flashed their lights in an attempt to force the driver to pull over, but he turned off his lights and tried to flee on the area's dark, rural two-lane highways.
The troopers broke off the pursuit for safety reasons and lost sight of the car, Kohuth said. Less than two minutes later, they found the Neon on its roof on Brick Tavern Road, near the intersection with Old Bethlehem Pike. Campbell was on the ground.
The crash wasn't loud, said Fred Sylvester, 61, who rents an apartment near the scene. "It was a crunching sound. I looked out my bedroom window. I saw a policeman holding a shotgun on a guy in the car . . . hollering, 'Don't move.' "
Campbell offered no resistance when he was handcuffed, Kohuth said. Troopers found four guns in his possession: a Ruger Blackhawk in a shoulder holster, two Smith & Wesson .357 revolvers in holsters, and a small .32-caliber semiautomatic pistol in his front pocket.
All were loaded. Police would not say which one was believed to have been used to kill McNamara.
Dennis, The world is much less colorful without your presence......