NBCPhiladelphia.com - Claudia Rivero
The search for a second suspect in the murder of a Philadelphia police officer intensifies. Authorities are looking for Chauncier McFarland. Tonight, the community stopped to remember the fallen officer killed almost a week ago.
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey says Rafael Jones is charged now with the murder of Officer Moses Walker, Jr.
On Wednesday, police nabbed Rafael Jones, a 23-year-old with an extensive criminal history, around 3:30 p.m. at Bartram Village apartments in Southwest Philadelphia.
Jones is accused in the shooting death of Officer Walker, who was gunned down on his way home from work last Saturday morning.
According to court documents, Jones was supposed to be under electronic surveillance at the time of Officer Walker’s murder, but for some reason, that didn’t happen.
“We have to take the time, though, to figure out what really happened. Mistakes happen. I don’t know exactly all the facts about what happened with this suspect...There are a lot of details that we will have to review with court action, with the probation department,” said Williams.
Police also confirmed on Thursday that the brother of Rafael Jones turned himself using an intermediate, State Representative Curtis Thomas.
Representative Thomas escorted Jerome Jones as he turned himself into police Thursday night.
Jerome Jones is being questioned by investigators from the 22nd District regarding the murder of Officer Walker, 40, although police have made it clear that he is not the second suspect wanted for the murder.
"The person that turned himself in last night, that walked into the 22nd District along with the State Rep is not the person we were looking for in connection with the murder. He may have good information that will help us find the person, but he is not the person we were looking for as part of the robbery that involved two people," Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said Friday morning.
In an exclusive interview with NBC10, Thomas said he received a call from the grandmother of the men. During that call, she told him that police wanted to interview Jerome about the case.
Walker, a 22nd District police officer, was shot three times with a 40-caliber handgun on Saturday while walking to a bus stop at 20th and Cecil B. Moore Avenue in North Philly after work.
A reward of $118,000 is being offered for information leading to an arrest in the murder.