$10,000 reward offered in Philadelphia cop shooting

20-year-old Nasuil Martinez of West Kensington is being sought for the shooting of Officer Kevin Gorman, 33, early Friday morning.

December 13, 2010 10:00:03 AM PST
The Fraternal Order of Police has announced a reward for information leading to an arrest in the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer.

At a news conference Monday, FOP President John McNesby said a $10,000 reward is being offered for the arrest of 20-year-old Nasuil Martinez of West Kensington.

McNesby also stressed that the reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest. A conviction is not necessary to collect the reward.

"If he's brought in today, you're paid today. You don't wait for the length of the court proceedings and all that other nonsense," McNesby said. "If he comes in today you're paid by this afternoon."

Anyone with information is asked to call the U.S. Marshals Service at 866-865-8477

$5,000 of the reward is being offered by the FOP and the Philadelphia Police Department. The other $5,000 is being offered by the U.S. Marshals Service

The shooting happened around 2:15 a.m. Friday near the 3300 block of North Howard Street near Westmoreland Street in North Philadelphia.

Authorities say Gorman was on routine patrol with his partner when they saw a car speeding the wrong way on Allegheny Avenue with four people inside.

The officers turned around and chased the car. It stopped a short time later and one person in the back seat of the car got out and ran.

Officer Gorman chased after him as the suspect climbed over a fence near Hope and Howard streets.

As Officer Gorman climbed the fence after him, there were gunshots and Gorman was hit in the shoulder with bullets from a .45 caliber weapon.

The suspect, now identified by police as Martinez, got away. The three other people inside the car were questioned by police, but released without any charges.

Gorman was rushed to Temple Hospital where he was treated and released.

Police say Martinez, of the 2800 block of Lee Street, should be considered armed and dangerous.

At the news conference Monday, police said they were not sure why Martinez ran when his car was stopped.

"These guys do all kinds of things. They know what they did, and they assume we know what they did," said Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. "There's no telling the actual reason as to why he bolted."


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