Officer Moses Walker Jr., age 40, of the Philadelphia Police Department was shot and killed in what investigators suspect was a random street robbery early Saturday morning. Officer Walker finished his shift at 6:00 a.m. and had just left the North Philadelphia 22nd District Precinct.
A fellow officer had offered him a ride home, but Walker stated, “Thanks, but it’s a nice night, I’ll walk.” He was walking to the bus stop about four blocks away from the precinct house where he worked when he was shot several times.
Lt. Raymond Evers stated that Officer Walker’s service weapon was found under his body. This leads officers to believe that a fatal force confrontation occurred with a robbery the possible motive. Investigators have not disclosed if Walker’s weapon was discharged. The investigation is continuing and it has not been determined if anything is missing from his back pack. He was not wearing his uniform.
Walker was transported to Hahnemann University Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Philadelphia has experienced a crime spree of nearly one person being shot and killed or slain every day this year.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey stated that officers had just removed the mourning bands from their badges in respect for Officer Brian Lorenzo who was killed last month. “Now it looks like we are going to be putting them right back on… so, it’s tough!” Ramsey said.
Officer Walker was a 19 year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department. He was not married and did not have any children. Officer Walker was also a pastor at the Deliverance Evangelistic Church. Walker was planning to retire next year and was already counting down the months. Walker is the seventh Philly officer killed in the line of duty in the past four years. Officer Moses Walker comes from a family of police officers and is survived by his mother and five siblings.
One person witnessed the confrontation and shooting. This witness has assisted the department with the investigation and provided a description of the male suspect. The community is offering a $20,000 reward for information resulting in an arrest. The FOP has added another $10,000 to the reward for a total of $30,000
Officer Moses Walker, Jr., gone but never forgotten.
EOW: Saturday, August 18, 2012
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