By Ben Nuckols, The Associated Press
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Baltimore police offered a $30,000 reward for
information leading to the arrest and conviction of a man wanted in
the ambush killing of an officer, Police Commissioner Kevin Clark
announced Monday night.
Police are exploring the possibility that the suspect, Charles
Bennett, has fled the city, possibly to Washington or its suburbs,
but they believe he may still be in Baltimore more than 48 hours
after the fatal shooting of Officer Brian Winder.
"You have a suspect who knows the city well, has an extensive arrest
record, so he's a professional criminal," Clark said. ``He runs in a
crowd of professional criminals, so he's using every resource in an
attempt to stay a step ahead of us."
Mayor Martin O'Malley and the City Council put up $20,000 of the
reward money offered for the second suspect. The local Fraternal
Order of Police added $10,000, Clark said.
"I have no doubt that Charles Bennett will be arrested," the commissioner said.
Another suspect, Jermaine Gaines, 31, was denied bail in Baltimore
District Court Tuesday. Gaines was charged Sunday with first-degree
murder. Clark declined on Monday to say which of the two suspects is
believed to have pulled the trigger.
Defense attorney Christopher Smith had asked for $250,000 bail,
arguing that the 31-year-old suspect does not have a record of past
violence and is cooperating with the police.
But Judge Jeannie Hong rejected that request because of the serious
nature of the case, Gaines' alleged admission that he was involved in
the shooting, and his four past convictions - mostly on drug charges.
Bennett, 33, has been arrested 13 times since 1987 for handgun and
narcotics crimes. Police intend to charge him with first-degree
Winder, 36, had received at least three commendations with the
department. He was married with three children.
According to police, Gaines and Bennett ambushed Winder inside a
liquor store Saturday night after the officer approached them seeking
identification in connection with a 911 call.
Bennett was believed to be armed, police said earlier.
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Winder, a 10-year veteran, was attacked shortly after responding to a
911 call Saturday night in Baltimore. The caller had asked
authorities to remove someone from the person's residence, police