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$10K Award for Arrest of Perp Who Shot Cop

$10K Award for Arrest of Perp Who Shot Cop

Sgt. Robert Ralston [Philadelphia Police Department]

Philadelphia Inquirer via YellowBrix

April 07, 2010

PHILADELPHIA – The Fraternal Order of Police is offering a $10,000 reward for the arrest of a man who shot a Philadelphia police sergeant early Monday.

“This reward is for the arrest – not the arrest and conviction – just the arrest,” said FOP President John McNesby. “If you bring him in off the street today, you’re paid.”

Sgt. Robert Ralston, a 21-year-veteran, was shot in the shoulder about 4 a.m. on railroad tracks near 56th Street and Lancaster Avenue in West Philadelphia, when he tried to stop a suspicious man in reference to a recent rash of burglaries, police said.

The man pointed a firearm at Ralston’s head and fired but the sergeant swatted the gun away, averting a life-threatening wound, police said. Ralston returned fire at the suspect and may have hit him in the torso, police said.

McNesby was joined by Mayor Nutter, Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and other top brass yesterday to announce the reward.

“We are just fortunate, we are very, very fortunate, given some of the things that have happened in the past, that this was not a more serious incident,” Nutter said.

Ramsey said the city would be a much safer place with the suspect off the streets.

“An individual who will do something like that is likely to do it again,” Ramsey said.

The suspect is described as a black man in his mid-20s with cornrows and a mark or tattoo under his left eye.

“The first 24 to 48 hours is the best time to be able to get this person,” McNesby said.

Anyone with information about the man’s whereabouts is urged to call detectives at 215-686-3334 or 9-1-1.

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Good thinking officer and well performed. Glad to see you weren't seriously injured. God speed with a full recovery. I hope they find the guy soon!

  • 100_7432_max50


    over 4 years ago


    God's speed Brother...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    someone will find him

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    No honor among thieves, contrary to the popular saying. Somebody will drop a dime on him soon.

  • Scannedimage_sq90_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Hopefully they will get more money to make it a bigger reward, get this scum bag off the street!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    So glad to hear that you are going to be alright Sgt. Ralston I live in the Philly suburbs and we have lost way to many good officers in the past few years. Hope you guys find the SCUM BAG soon

  • Sparkle_girl_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I hope someone turns this garbage in and soon!! Speedy recovery to the officer.

  • Dcp_2166_max50


    over 4 years ago


    The fact that this dirt bag was aiming for the officer's head certainly highligts his desire to kill.

    This animal needs to be put out of our misery.

    Get well soon Sarge.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    Great move by the FOP.
    How about the City of Philly matching that up with 10K on their own...?
    Come on Philly... You can do this for one of your Thin-Blue-Line guys...
    I've always advocated a Municipal Fund dedicated exclusively to Rewards for capture of any Felony crime on a Police Officer.
    Rewards work... We have seen that over and over. The greater the amount of money, the greater the chances anyone closed to the scum bag will give him up...
    Get well soon Sarge...

  • Angel_kincaid_park_2014_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Glad the officer is ok. Godspeed on a full recovery
    Hope the $10,000 brings someone out of their hole.
    In Alaska our Reward has been raised to $ 25,000 for the shooting of Officer Jason Allen, Still No takers. Hope it all comes around soon so both officers can have some closure.

  • Does_this_ass_make_my_car_look_big_bumper_sticker-p128618847357252764tmn6_313_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Great defensive tactics. So glad that it wasn't worse. get well soon.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Get this POS and fast. Speedy recovery Sgt. Thanks for the update CJH4133.

  • Images_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Hope they catch em.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    It's unbelievable how many of Phily's cops have been shot,and shot at here in this city.No respect whatsoever for the law.Our officers are out on these streets ery day putting themselves in harms way.Let me tell youhow much we the people respect this and honer our hero's.Get well soon!!Somebody knows something!!Get him boys!!!

  • Washington_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I'd take that $10K reward and go hand it to the officer.

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