Man sought for shooting Philadelphia Parking Authority officer last month arrested

Termaine Saulsbury, 39, was swarmed by US Marshals around 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 5500 block of Girard Avenue.

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Man sought for shooting PPA officer last month arrested
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Action News has learned the man being sought for allegedly shooting a Philadelphia Parking Authority officer last month has been arrested.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- The suspect accused of shooting a Philadelphia Parking Authority officer last month is now in police custody.

Termaine Saulsbury, 39, was swarmed by U.S. Marshals around 5 p.m. Wednesday in the 5500 block of Girard Avenue.

"We went to one of the houses. A male resembling Saulsbury came to the window and we ordered him down. He refused to come down," said U.S. Marshals Supervisory Deputy Marshal Robert Clark. "He put some stuff in front of the door - some furniture, a bicycle - tried to refuse our investigators' entry."

He was captured about a half hour later.

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

Surveillance video shows the suspect walking up to the 37-year-old parking enforcement officer from behind and shooting him in the ear and shoulder. The officer, identified as Timothy McKenzie, was taken to Temple University Hospital. He has since been released but his recovery continues.

Termaine Saulsbury

Saulsbury is also believed to be the man who shot a gas station employee in the Bronx on Nov. 22.

In both cases, the suspect was wearing the same clothes and allegedly used the same gun.

The 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.

Saulsbury 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.

A motive for the shootings is still under investigation.

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PPA Executive Director Rich Lazer released this statement on the arrest:

"I want to thank and commend the Philadelphia Police Department, U.S. Marshalls and other law enforcement agencies for their excellent investigative work in apprehending a suspect so quickly. As difficult as the job is for our enforcement officers, their safety continues to be our top priority. Knowing a suspect is now in police custody, is a relief for our whole workforce and our families. While our PEO Tim McKenzie continues to recover and improve, it is now time to let justice take its course."