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Police seek suspect in killing of Philadelphia officer

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Authorities have identified a police officer who was shot and killed while off-duty in North Philadelphia.

It happened on 20th and Cecil B. Moore Avenue on Saturday around 6 a.m. Police say 40-year-old Moses Walker Jr., a 22nd District officer and 19-year police veteran, was on his way home after a shift. Investigators say he was walking to public transportation when he was shot several times by an unknown suspect.

He was struck at least twice in the chest and abdomen, according to officials. When police arrived, investigators say Walker was found face down on the ground with his weapon underneath him. Police believe he got the weapon out of his holster but are unsure if he fired it.

They also say he was not in uniform at the time of the shooting. Investigators say the shooting may have been a robbery though they have not confirmed this yet.

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He was taken to Hahnemann Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Police escorted Walker's body to the Medical Examiner's Office around 11:15 a.m.

No arrests have been made. Police are searching for a suspect who they say was spotted fleeing the scene after the shooting.

Police say Walker was a deacon at Deliverance Church. He was not married, does not have any children and has five siblings. Officials also say he was set to retire next year.

The city is offering a $20,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the suspect in Walker's murder. The Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police is also offering a $10,000 reward. Police say they're currently speaking with witnesses.

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