Police Officer Gary Frank Skerski

Police Officer Gary Frank Skerski

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, May 8, 2006

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.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 16 years
  • Badge 7379

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Gary, There's a day that does not go by that I rememeber you telling me years ago in your office at the district that I will be a great father. Well now that My son Steve Jr will be 14 years old in October, Those words still ring in my head today. You never met my youngest son Noah but, When Stevie and Noah go to school everyday, They always say, There's Gary. You have left not only an impression on us but You have been there for us. Keep watching over us and keeping us safe as you did when you were here in this earth. You will always be alive in our hearts.. Love you Gary and we all miss you too.

Steve Helvitson Sr
Best Friend and Former Mayfair Town Watch Member

September 23, 2017

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