Saturday August 18, 2012 9:16 AM
Moses Walker Jr., 40, a 19-year veteran Philadelphia police officer was found shot to death on a North Philadelphia sidewalk early this morning shortly after leaving work, according to police.
The officer was off duty at the time. His name was released after family members were notified and escorted to Hahnemann University Hospital where the officer was pronounced dead at 6:23 a.m.
Police commissioner Charles Ramsey said the officer was walking home around 20th and Cecil B. Moore Streets just before 6 a.m. today when he apparently encountered a suspect, or suspects, with a gun.
Ramsey said he did not know the details of the fatal encounter. But the officer was found face down with his gun drawn, and had been shot multiple times.
It was not clear whether the officer, who worked in the 22nd District, had fired any shots in return. He was not wearing his uniform at the time.
Walker finished his shift at the 22nd district at 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue and was preparing to leave. A co-worker offered him a ride home and he declined saying, “It’s a nice day. I’m going to walk.”
The officer was found critical at the scene and taken to Hahnemann where he was pronounced dead at 6:23 a.m.
He was shot at least twice in the chest.
The suspect fled south through a vacant lot and a K-9 unit was called in without success to track him.
Ramsey said the type of gun used to shoot the officer was still unknown. A backpack and wallet found at the scene were believed to have belonged to officer.
Police believe they have a witness, and are talking to others.
The officer who was shot is known as a ‘turnkey’ who monitors a holding cell room at 17th Street and Montgomery Avenue. He was apparently walking to catch a bus and was about four blocks from work when he was shot.
The turnkey officer works in the cell and fingerprints, photographs and processes prisoners after they are arrested.
“Obviously the officers are very upset at the loss of our brother officer,” said Sgt. Gregory Caputo, of the 22nd district.
Walker, who was unmarried and had no children, served as a deacon at Deliverance Evangelist Church at 20th and West Lehigh Avenue. He was up for retirement this year.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s tough,” Ramsey said of the loss. “We literally just removed the mourning bands from our badges last week for officer Lorenzo.
Ramsey was referring to Officer Brian Lorenzo, who was killed as he drove home from work July 8 by a drunk driver.
At the scene, officers and homicide detectives continued late morning looking for evidence. A car parked near where the officer’s body was found was taken away. An officer said the car wasn’t involved in the crime but it was being dusted for possible prints in the event the shooter came near it.
At the 22nd district at 17th and Montgomery, an American flag was flying at half mast for officers who had previously lost their lives.
Police are asking area business for any surveillance footage that might help.
A $20,000 reward has already been posted for information in the officer’s murder. The Fraternal Order of Police offered an additional $10,000 reward.
Police are asking anyone with information to call 215-686-3334 or 3335.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
46151 513259 42
his path of destiny = 42 = Everybody loved Moses Walker Jr.
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