PHOENIX — A $35,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in a shooting in which a Phoenix police officer was wounded.
Between the FBI, Silent Witness, and the ATF, the reward for information leading to 35-year-old Nicholas Cowan's arrest, sought in the shooting Thursday at a gas station, is now up to $35,000.
"If he's willing to shoot at a police officer, he could do it somewhere else," said Bren Beavers, an acting special agent in charge with ATF's Phoenix Field Division.
ATF stepped in the moment bullet casings hit the gas station ground.
Agent Beavers says typically, ATF can run bullet casings or firearms through a national ballistics network to learn more about where the person using the gun may have been prior.
"That could link other crime scenes to this one. Another thing ATF could do is find the origin of the firearm," he said.
For phone tips, please call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) or submit them at tips.fbi.gov.
Phoenix police and the ATF also released additional surveillance photos of Cowan Friday afternoon. It's unknown when and where these photos were taken.
On Sunday, Police Chief Jeri Williams said “These attacks taking place in our own backyard and across our country show a blatant disregard for human life and law enforcement.” She went on to say, “Despite these attacks on our police family, our officers continue to respond to calls for service to assure the safety of our community. We are committed to finding the criminal who attacked one of our own. That commitment extends to all victims of crime."
Police said the wounded officer, a 24-year veteran of the police department, remains in intensive care in stable condition and is “doing well” after successful surgery Thursday to remove a bullet.
Her name has not been released.
If anyone sees Cowan, call 911. He is considered armed and dangerous. DO NOT APPROACH HIM.