Dashcam video released in York County to re-ignite search

Written by Ted Czeck/York Daily Record | Dec 3, 2015 3:50 AM

Chief Mark Bentzel, of the Northern York County Regional Police Department, appeals to the public for information that will lead to the arrest of the shooter Wednesday December 2, 2015.(Photo: Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record)

Chief on the search: "This man tried to kill our police officer; this is the most important thing going right now.

(Dover) -- Ten days after a York man shot at a Northern York County Regional Police officer, police released a video of the incident in hopes of re-igniting public interest in catching the suspect, according to Chief Mark Bentzel.

The search for Trev Bowies Jackson, 24, of York, remains the top priority of his department, Bentzel said during a Wednesday news conference.

"This man tried to kill our police officer; this is the most important thing going right now," he said. "This was just a very, very close, dangerous encounter for the police officer."

Anyone who has tried to help Jackson in any way also will be held accountable, Bentzel said.

"If we find out that anyone so much as held a door for this man ... we're coming, and we're going to arrest you," he said.

In the 42-second video, Officer Lynn Anderson can be seen talking with Jackson after a traffic stop Nov. 22 in Manchester Township. In the clip, Jackson gets out of his vehicle, and as Anderson tries to handcuff Jackson, he appears to pull a handgun and fire three shots at the officer.

Bentzel said he believes Jackson's first shot, which was fired closest to Anderson, caused the burns the officer suffered on his face. As Jackson fires, Anderson wheels and retreats. The video then stops, but Bentzel said Anderson returned fire seven times off-camera, with four of those bullets hitting Jackson's vehicle.

When asked about the rest of the video, Bentzel said, "What you're getting is the piece that we felt was most relevant."

Anderson, 29, a 5-year-veteran of Northern Regional, was on paid leave for a mandated seven-day period. When he returned to work, he was pulling vehicles over, just as he did on Nov. 22, within the first few hours of his shift, Bentzel said.

"That's a hell of a man," Bentzel said.

The search

Police recovered Jackson's vehicle from the 1800 block of North George Street on Monday, discovering blood on the driver's side of the vehicle near the door, consistent with an injury to Jackson's left arm or hand, police said.

Police don't believe Jackson has sought any medical care for his injury, Bentzel said. Four of Anderson's bullets struck the car, two in the driver's side door and two in the driver's side window, he said.

Prior to police finding Anderson's car, a woman who lives in the 100 block of Zoar Avenue called police to say she had seen someone taking a bicycle from a nearby shed, according to Northern Regional Lt. David Lash.

When police investigated, they found a pool of blood near the shed. The bicycle was found later in York, Bentzel said.

Police also spoke with an informant who had spotted Jackson at a home in York on Monday morning and have also reached out to Jackson's family. Bentzel said he did not wish to comment on how those conversations had gone.

Internal investigation

As police searched for Jackson, an internal investigation was launched on the incident, Bentzel said.

"From what we could see, everything was done properly," by Anderson, he said. "Every detail that he had told us ...he was spot on. He didn't miss a detail."

Bentzel credited Anderson's recent SWAT training in Maryland and his membership with the York County Quick Response Team as contributing to his actions during the incident.

In one of his conversations with Anderson after the incident, Bentzel said he told the officer, "You won a game that by all accounts, you shouldn't have won."

The incident serves as a reminder of the dangers officers face on a regular basis, Bentzel said.

"These dangers are there every day," he said. "These police officers have to make decisions in a split-second."

Report a tip

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Northern York County Regional Police Department at 717-292-3647, call 911 or use the crime tip page on the Northern Regional website.

Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for help finding Jackson. Anyone with information can call the crime stoppers at 1-800-472-8477.


This article comes to us through a partnership between York Daily Record and WITF.




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