Police: Billboards now feature face of accused would-be cop killer
The face of a man accused of firing an illegal gun from point-blank range at a Northern Regional police officer can now be seen all over central Pennsylvania.
Trev Bowies Jackson II's name and face are plastered on electronic billboards in several counties, according to Trooper Adam Reed, a state police spokesman.
State police coordinated the billboards through its Most Wanted program, he said.
"The signage is a partnership with the Amber Alert system," Reed said. "The information for this particular wanted individual was released on billboards not only in York County, but in the surrounding counties as well."
'Noticeable tool': Reed was not immediately able to provide a total number of electronic billboards, but said it's a lot of them.
"It's certainly a good tool — and a noticeable tool — for the public to be aware of the individuals we're looking for, and to possibly help us in apprehending those dangerous individuals," Reed said.
Northern York County Regional Police Chief Mark Bentzel said he was contacted by state police about doing the billboards.
"Kudos to the Pennsylvania State Police," he said. "They contacted our department and put (Jackson's information) out there for us. This is what relationships in law enforcement are all about."
Bentzel said he and his department appreciate the effort.
"It really makes you feel good knowing other agencies ... were thinking of us, and thinking of ways to help us," he said.
Officer Lynn Anderson pulled over Jackson in the lot of the Manchester Crossroads Shopping Center about 10 p.m. Nov. 22 for suspected intoxicated driving, police said.
Anderson ordered Jackson out of the car and was starting to handcuff the man from behind when Jackson quickly turned toward the officer and fired three times with a pistol directly at Anderson's face, police said.
Anderson dove out of the way and somehow avoided being shot, although he suffered powder burns on his face from Jackson's gun, Bentzel has said.
The officer returned fire, hitting Jackson's fleeing Buick four times, police said. One of those bullets is believed to have struck Jackson's left hand, according to police.
Bentzel released a video of the encounter, saying he said he realized no one would truly understand how close Anderson came to being murdered unless they saw the video.
Anderson, 29, returned to work a week later, the chief said, and is on active duty. On his first day back, he was making traffic stops, Bentzel said.
"In his case, he'd just undergone four weeks of tactical training to become a member of the county's Quick Response Team," Bentzel said. "All those things worked to his benefit."
The Buick was found abandoned Nov. 23 in the 1800 block of North George Street.
Jackson then stole a bicycle from a nearby shed and rode into York City, police said.
Cash reward offered: Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the capture of Jackson, who Bentzel warned is armed and dangerous.
Jackson, 24, of 114 E. College Ave., remains a fugitive on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault on a police officer and reckless endangerment. He is a convicted felon who is not allowed to possess firearms.
Anyone with information about Jackson's whereabouts is urged to call 911 immediately.
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