PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A $10,000 reward is now being offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect wanted for the shooting early Friday of a Philadelphia police officer.
Officer Kevin Gorman is now recovering at home from a shoulder wound (see previous story).
The Fraternal Order of Police, top commanders in the department, the East Division, and the 25th District — as well as the US Marshal Service — have put up the reward for information leading to the arrest of 20-year-old Nasuil Martinez.
FOP president John McNesby says anyone can call the marshals’ tipline (866-865-8477) or the city’s homicide unit (215-686-3336) to collect.
“This isn’t (for) the arrest and conviction — this is for the arrest. (If) we get him off the street today, we’ll pay you this afternoon,” McNesby told reporters.
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Police believe that Martinez, who goes by the nickname “Nas,” bolted from the right-rear door of a vehicle in the predawn hours of Friday after 33-year-old police officer Kevin Gorman and his partner pulled over a speeding vehicle at Westmoreland and Hope Streets.
Officer Gorman gave chase, according to investigators, and was hit in the shoulder just as he was about to hop over a fence, while Gorman’s partner detained the other three men in the car.
Police commissioner Charles Ramsey says Gorman is fortunate:
“It’s a through-and-through wound. We’re blessed that he’s with us to spend Christmas with his family,” Ramsey said on Monday.
Police say Martinez is about 5′ 8″ tall, 140 lbs., and has a tattoo, “Chely,” written in cursive on the right side of his neck. He is known to frequent the 3000 block of North Fourth Street. He should be considered dangerous and not approached.
Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060.