Police ID suspect wanted for shooting Philadelphia Parking Authority officer

Police say the same suspect is also a person of interest in connection with a shooting in New York City.

Thursday, December 15, 2022
Philly police ID suspect wanted for shooting PPA officer
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Police say an arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect wanted for shooting a Philadelphia Parking Authority officer last month. The same suspect is also a person of interest in connection with a shooting in New York City.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Police say an arrest warrant has been issued for the suspect wanted for shooting a Philadelphia Parking Authority officer last month. The same suspect is also a person of interest in connection with a shooting in New York City.

Officers are searching for 39-year-old Termaine Saulsbury who lives in the 5600 block of Woodland Avenue.

Saulsbury is accused of shooting a PPA officer on Nov. 25 on the 4500 block of Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia.

Termaine Saulsbury

Surveillance video shows the suspect walking up to the 37-year-old PPA officer from behind and shooting him in the ear and shoulder.

The PPA officer, who has been identified as Timothy McKenzie, was taken to Temple University Hospital. He has since been released but his recovery continues.

"The bullet hit him in the side of the neck, bounced off his spine, back out of his shoulder and lands in his jaw. That night the prognosis wasn't very good. Even though the employee is in a lot of pain, now he's doing very well. He's home for the holidays," said Philadelphia Police Captain John Walker.

Saulsbury was also named a person of interest in the shooting of a Sunoco gas station employee in the Bronx on Nov. 22.

NYPD worked with Philadelphia police to make the identification. Distinctive characteristics mixed with vehicle information, and different locations frequented by Saulsbury led to his identification, police said.

"He was left-handed and, thanks to the constant work of both departments and the video they had, there were certain characteristics about the suspect, including the gun he used, so we knew we had the same suspect," said Walker.

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Police say Saulsbury may still be in the Philadelphia area. Anyone that may be helping him evade police could also be facing charges, officials said.

He has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2001. He stood accused of weapons violations, an armed robbery at Wawa and an attack on prison guards while serving a sentence in 2016.

Investigators say Saulsbury is about 5'9 to 6' tall, with a thin build. He was seen wearing a navy blue hooded sweatshirt, green cargo pants, black mask, gloves and black boots.

The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 215-686-TIPS.