BENSALEM, Pa. (Jan. 13, 2004) — A tire store manager who authorities said was shot by a fellow employee following an argument died Jan. 10.
Joseph Phillips, 39, manager of the Firestone Tire & Service Center in Bensalem, was taken off life support Dec. 30, said Karen Diaz, chief deputy for the Bucks County district attorney. Mr. Phillips had been listed in critical condition since he was shot in the chest Dec. 12. An autopsy is pending.
With Mr. Phillips' death, Ms. Diaz said she will file first-degree murder charges against suspect Ken Kim, 30, who remains in jail on $8 million bond on various charges, including attempted murder and eluding police. An additional arraignment will be held for the new charge, Ms. Diaz said, and she will request that bail be rescinded. Mr. Kim is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 29.
According to the district attorney's office, Mr. Phillips told Mr. Kim to go home after he drove a vehicle out of a work bay without securing the lug nuts properly. Mr. Kim reportedly walked out to his truck, started it, then walked back toward the bay area. Authorities said he walked up to Mr. Phillips and fired several rounds into his chest. Police apprehended Mr. Kim following a short chase after he fled the store.