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Police Officer Gary F. Skerski | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Gary F. Skerski

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Monday, May 8, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 46

Tour: 16 years

Badge # 7379

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Gary Skerski was shot and killed while responding to an armed robbery call at a café near the intersection of Arrott and Adams Avenues.

A patron in the café had called 911 to report the robbery. Officer Skerski, who was working an overtime detail for the department, responded to the scene. As he approached the door he was confronted by the suspect, who was exiting the café. The suspect immediately opened fire, striking Officer Skerski in the neck, and then fled on foot.

Officer Skerski was transported to Temple University Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds just before midnight.

The suspect was apprehended eleven days later following a shootout with Philadelphia Police in which the suspect was shot twice. He plead guilty to Officer Skerski's murder in October 2007 and was sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Skerski had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 16 years and was assigned to the 15th District. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Will always be remembered, my father served with this gentleman and was friends. I remember this day, but only for his bravery. He is flying high and watching over everyone he loves.

Shawn Acquaviva, son of Anthony Acquaviv
Philadelphia
January 3, 2016

 

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