U.S. Marshals arrest man wanted for attempted murder of undercover officer in Tioga-Nicetown

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Friday, August 21, 2020
Suspect identified after opening fire on plainclothes officer
Anthony Cromwell shot into an occupied unmarked police vehicle, authorities said.

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Authorities have identified the man wanted for opening fire on a plainclothes Philadelphia police officer who was inside of his unmarked car.

The shooting happened on Tuesday at about 11:50 a.m. on 4300 block of N. Clarissa Street in the Tioga-Nicetown section of Philadelphia.

According to authorities, members of the Narcotic Field Unit were investigating a complaint for the sale of narcotics by a man later identified as Anthony Cromwell, 43.

Cromwell, wanted for attempted murder of a Philadelphia police officer was taken into custody at 6:49 p.m., without incident on the 200 blocks of South Ithan Street. Further details will be released upon completion of the investigation and formal charges.

Anthony Cromwell

During the investigation, Cromwell shot into an occupied unmarked police vehicle, which was occupied by an undercover narcotics officer, authorities said.

The officer was not injured in the shooting.

The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of Cromwell.

"The level of violence and lawlessness in the city at this time is simply unacceptable," said, FOP Lodge 5 President, John McNesby. "We'll pay this reward at time of arrest, someone knows where this defendant is hiding out."