The fatal shooting of an officer inside a Philadelphia airport parking garage has been arrested


PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – One person has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting A Philadelphia police officer injured another last week at Philadelphia International Airport The parking garage, police said.

Police said during a news conference on Monday that 18-year-old Eubrane Martinez Fernandez was arrested in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, around 4 a.m. on Monday.

    /Credit: United States Marshals Service Eastern Pennsylvania Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force

Interim Chief Deputy Commissioner Frank Fanor said Martinez Fernandez is believed to have participated in a carjacking and the fatal shooting of Philadelphia Police Officer Richard Mendez.

Investigators said Martinez Hernandez and three others were responsible, including 18-year-old Jesus Duran. Fanor said he believes one of those accomplices is responsible for discharging a firearm that injured two officers in Philadelphia.

Investigators are still working to obtain more leads about additional individuals. The reward leading to an arrest and conviction has risen to $237,400.

Officer Mendez had handcuffs placed on Martinez-Fernandez as he was processed. Martinez Fernandez is being held by New Jersey State Police where he awaits extradition to Philadelphia on murder charges.

The shooting occurred inside the airport’s parking garage at around 11 p.m. last Thursday.

According to police, Officers Mendez and Raul Ortiz were shot after they encountered a group of car thieves in an airport parking garage.

Police said Mendez was shot several times in the upper body and later died at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.

Ortiz was shot in the arm and was… He was discharged from the hospital Saturday morning.

Interim Police Commissioner John Stanford said: “It’s a happy day to see him released from the hospital, knowing that he is on his way to recovery up to his arm, but his mind and heart will need some time to heal.” He said.

Investigators said Martinez Hernandez and three others were responsible, including 18-year-old Jesus Herman Madeira Duran.

Duran was dropped off at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in a stolen black Dodge Charger after the airport shooting and died from his injuries. Police said they later found that car in central New Jersey over the weekend.

“We believe one of these accomplices is responsible for discharging the firearm that shot these three individuals,” Fanor said. “The evidence is emerging at this time.”

Police said they are still searching for who fired the shots that struck the officers and Doran. They’re also trying to figure out why the suspects were in the parking garage in the first place.

“We are working with state police as well as federal partners to find out if this is an organization and the extent of their involvement,” Fanor said. “We’re not there yet.”

Philadelphia Officer Eddie Lopez, president of the Hispanic American Police Officers Association, said he has known Mendez for 21 years.

“This is a loss, not just for us,” Lopez said. “It is a loss for you, the civilians of Philadelphia, to lose an officer who came to work every day and did that job.”

On Monday, Councilman Quitsi Lozada, a friend of the Mendez family, spoke on their behalf.

“Richie was a great man and was loved by many and we will continue to love him with the memories we have of him,” Lozada said.

Investigators found a stolen black Dodge Charger in Kensington over the weekend. They believe the vehicle is connected to the shooting.

Police said they have not yet recovered Mendez’s weapon.

Officer Mendez will be viewed next Monday and the funeral will be held Tuesday. His family is asking for privacy and time to grieve.

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