Dan Aykroyd Donates to Fund for Slain Philly Cop

Officer shot in video store hailed as hero
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 7, 2015 1:10 PM CST
Dan Aykroyd Donates to Fund for Slain Philly Cop
Dan Aykroyd in 2010.   (AP Photo/Sarah Hummert, File)

Dan Aykroyd plans to make a donation to the family of a Philadelphia police officer killed in the line of duty. KYW-TV reports the actor made the announcement while visiting the Philadelphia Flower Show to promote his vodka company yesterday. Officer Robert Wilson III was buying a video game for his son while on duty Thursday when police say two brothers entered the store to rob it. Police say Wilson exchanged fire with the suspects and was shot multiple times in the body and head. The suspects are charged with murder.

Police officials say the 8-year veteran saved lives by drawing fire away from other patrons in the store. The department has set up a trust fund for Wilson's family. "I’m going to match the contributions that are coming," said Aykroyd, who owns Crystal Head Vodka, "and I’ll be talking to our corporate office in Toronto to make sure that happens next week." (Read more Dan Aykroyd stories.)

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