Police Officer Gary Frank Skerski

Police Officer Gary Frank Skerski

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, May 8, 2006

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Gary Frank Skerski

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.

In December 2017, State Route 1005 in Harrisburg was renamed Officer Gary Frank Skerski Memorial Bridge.

Bio

  • Age 46
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 7379

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

overtime, robbery

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A picture of you hangs on my fridge to this day and always will. You were a great friend and mentor to me and I still miss you dearly. I can't believe that it's been 14 years since you were taken from us. Life passes you by in the blink of an eye. We'll be seeing each other again soon enough. God bless you and your family.

Captain Jason Smith
Philadelphia PD - Homicide Unit

May 13, 2020

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