Surveillance video captured the moment that a man approached a Philadelphia Parking Authority officer last Wednesday and shot him from behind, in broad daylight.
WPVI-TV reported that the video shows the suspect approaching the officer, aged 37, from behind and shooting him in his ear and shoulder. It happened around 4 p.m. on Friday at the 4500 blocks of Frankford Avenue.
According to the station, Timothy McKenzie, his employer, said that the officer fell on the sidewalk just before assistance arrived.
WPVI reported that McKenzie is stable.
According to the station, Frank Vonore, Philadelphia Police Deputy Commissioner, stated that “it’s brazen” and that he would do all he can to resolve it immediately.
WPVI stated that it is not clear what caused the shooting. McKenzie, who is assigned to Frankford, is well-known in the area.
Bamba Sissoko said that he speaks to him daily. “He’s a great guy, a really nice guy.”
Michael Maltman shared his prayers with WPVI, “I prayed to him.” “I pray to God that this will stop sooner or later because people are ruining one another’s lives.”
According to the station, the suspect is about 5 feet 9 inches to 6 feet tall and has a thin build. He was also seen wearing a navy blue sweatshirt, cargo pants, gloves, and boots.
Police also stated that the suspect was carrying a silver revolver. He fled to Gillingham Street, 1500 Block, in direction of Griscom Street.
WPVI stated that the suspect should not be considered dangerous or armed. Anyone with information about this suspect is requested to contact police at 215-686 TIPS.
WPVI reported that the Philadelphia Parking Authority and the City of Philadelphia each offered $10,000 each — $20,000 in total — to anyone with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.
According to WPVI, “While Tim’s performance continues to improve, we must do what we can to help law enforcement in apprehending this criminal who was bent on killing one our enforcement officers,” Beth Grossman, PPA Board Chair, stated. “We hope that this $20,000 reward will assist our police in capturing the criminal assailant.”