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City cop named officer of the quarter

City police Agent Jason Bolt — who played a critical role in several “high-profile violent criminal investigations” in the months of July, August and September — has been chosen as the Police Officer for the Third Quarter of the Year, according to city Police Chief Damon Hagan.

An officer with more than a dozen years of experience with the Bureau of Police, Bolt was the “lead investigator in the attempted homicide of a man shot in the head” in the 600 block of Maple Street on July 17, Hagan said. The victim survived.

“The uncooperative victim and an accomplice were later arrested on felony drug and gun charges,” Hagan said. No one has been charged with the shooting itself.

On the evening of July 24, a 37-year-old motorist was shot and killed at West Fourth and Elmira streets. Bolt, again the lead investigator, followed the trail to Lock Haven, where the suspected killer shot himself hours later during a standoff with police.

In yet another case, Bolt, appointed to the bureau in 2004, lead the investigation that resulted in the arrest of a 34-year-old Washington D.C. man who allegedly made several threats in phone calls he placed to the police department on Aug. 13. The calls prompted the city to lock down City Hall, where the police station is located.

Once the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force had the man in custody in Washington, Bolt coordinated efforts to have him brought back to the city to face charges.

Bolt also provided valuable assistance in other investigations, including the shooting death of 16-year-old Ayliem Coleman, who was killed in the 900 block of Market Street on July 30 (a case that remains unsolved); and the slaying of customer Rhonda McPeak inside the Uni-Mart at 1944 W. Fourth St. on the night of Aug. 4, Hagan said. A 21-year-old man has been arrested and is awaiting trial in the death of McPeak.

“During the third quarter, Agent Bolt also conducted and assisted with numerous child pornography cases, seizing numerous computers and assisting many other agencies as a member of the FBI Violent Crimes Against Children-Human Trafficking Task Force,” Hagan said.

Bolt’s “exemplary performance and dedication to duty” were “in keeping with the highest standards of the bureau,” he added.