By Walt Hunter, Jim Melwert, Mike DeNardo
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A $88,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible for the murder of Police Officer Moses Walker. Detectives have been working around the clock to solve the murder of Officer Walker. The 19-year veteran of the police force was shot and killed during a robbery attempt near 20th and Cecil B. Moore.
Police say Officer Walker had just left his precinct after his shift early Saturday morning and was dressed in civilian clothes when he was approached by two males. Surveillance cameras in the area captured images of two men following behind the officer. Officer Walker is seen looking over his shoulder several times before being gunned down.
During a Monday morning news conference, police said the suspects apparently announced a robbery, before shooting Officer Walker three times; once on the stomach, chest and hand. He was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police believe the suspects live in the area and are urging anyone with information to come forward.
“We need the public’s help and support – someone knows something,” Mayor Nutter said.
Officials say the reward currently stands at $88,000 and they expect it to grow. Twenty thousand dollars is from the city which is a standard amount always offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in a homicide.
Charles Ramsey says officer Walker’s shooting is a reminder of the all-too-familiar violence on the streets of Philadelphia.
“Our homicides and shooting are up this year compared to last, as you well know. This just one more tragic incident, but every loss of life is tragic, and every single family that’s involved in this is grieving, and our police family is grieving like those other families are grieving.”
If you have information about this crime, call 215-686-TIPS.