$30,000 reward offered in killing of city officer

Baltimore's police commissioner announced a $30,000 reward last night in the search for an Edmondson Village man wanted in the killing Saturday night of Officer Brian D. Winder.

The 10-year veteran officer was shot three times in an Edmondson Village liquor store while trying to investigate a domestic violence complaint.


One of two suspects in the shooting, 31-year-old Jermaine Gaines, was captured at the liquor store and charged Sunday with first-degree murder.

Commissioner Kevin P. Clark announced the reward last night for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the second suspect, Charles Bennett, 33, of the 3900 block of Flowerton Road, whom police believe was also inside the liquor store when the policeman was shot. Bennett has been charged in a warrant with first-degree murder.


Officer Winder, 36, a lifelong resident of Edmondson Village, had been trying to chase down a suspect in a domestic violence complaint when he was shot.

The city put up $20,000 of the reward money, and the city's Fraternal Order of Police added $10,000, Clark said, expressing "no doubt" that Bennett would be caught despite using "every resource to attempt to stay ahead of us."

Earlier in the day, the Police Department announced funeral arrangements for Officer Winder. Viewing hours will be from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Vaughn C. Greene Funeral Home, 8728 Liberty Road in Randallstown.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., followed by burial at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Officer Winder was married, and had two sons and a stepdaughter.