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Man Gets Life for Gunning Down Off-Duty Philly Officer

June 04, 2015  | 

Officer Moses Walker Jr. of the Philadelphia Police Department was murdered in 2012 during a robbery. (Photo: POLICE file)
Officer Moses Walker Jr. of the Philadelphia Police Department was murdered in 2012 during a robbery. (Photo: POLICE file)

A parolee who gunned down an off-duty Philadelphia Police officer during a robbery gone wrong has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Rafael Jones, now 25, gunned down Officer Moses Walker Jr. during the early morning hours of Aug. 18, 2012.

Wednesday sentencing comes after three previous continuances, the latest at the defense's request, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Walker, 40, was in street clothes and walking to a North Philadelphia bus stop after an overnight shift when two men crossed the street and tried to rob him. Police said the 19-year veteran was able to draw his gun but was shot in the chest, stomach and arm. He later died from his injuries.

Walker's family has sued the parole board.


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Jon Retired LEO @ 6/4/2015 7:32 PM

Life in prison without parole, is that all thew better they could do? Come on Sharpton, this was a black officer and where is your sympathy for his family? Apparently the uniform does make all the difference. Rest in peace officer Walker and may God watch over your family.

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