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June 18, 2008

Albany -- No arrests yet for the shooting of an Albany Police Officer early Tuesday morning, as Police continue an intense manhunt.

Detectives searched homes and arrested several people on other charges in their hunt for the man who shot Patrolman Tim Harvey. Harvey is recuperating in an Albany Hospital. He's in fair condition.

Now Police hope the bicycle the gunman was riding can help catch him, with your help. With guns drawn, detectives scoped out this house at Palmyra Road and 8th Avenue, just blocks from where 27 year old Patrolman Tim Harvey was gunned down early Tuesday. But they didn't find their man. Detective Antonio Fletcher said "We're a family. We consider ourselves a family here."

 A five year veteran with Albany Police, Harvey tried to stop a man riding a bicycle on 8th Avenue about 3AM Tuesday. The suspect fled, Harvey chased him, and the man shot Harvey in the lower left abdomen.

Since the shooting, Police say people in the community have been helping. Fletcher said "They have been very instrumental in being able to produce some names and some persons of interest. Giving us some leads, giving us some tips that we could follow." And all the local law enforcement agencies, including state and federal marshals, day and night have been aggressively following up, but so far have not caught the shooter.

WALB News Ten has learned that at least four people have been arrested during this manhunt for other charges. Police have not recovered the gun, but this is the bike that the shooter was riding. A distinctive black BMX style, that may help catch him. Fletcher said "The hope is maybe somebody has seen the bike earlier in the night, and can give a better description of who they night have seen riding the bicycle."

 In a press conference Police say they don't know why the man ran from Officer Harvey and then shot him, but WALB News Ten has learned that several bags of marijuana were found, thrown down by the man as he ran.

 Police say Harvey is recovering, but they have not talked with him about the shooting yet. Police say they will not answer the question if Officer Harvey shot back at the gunman until they have talked with him.

They also say their intense manhunt will not slow down until they catch this dangerous gunman.

The gunman is a black man about 5-feet 6 to 5-feet-8 inches tall with dreadlocks. He was wearing a black shirt and black or blue jeans.

If you have any information,call the Albany Police at 431-2100 or CRIME STOPPERS at 436-TIPS.

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