Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski

Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, May 3, 2008

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Stephen Liczbinski

Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski was shot and killed while responding to a bank robbery call at approximately 11:30 am.

Three men dressed in female Muslim garb had robbed a Bank of America on Aramingo Avenue. Sergeant Liczbinski encountered the suspects on East Schiller Street and stopped their car. As he exited his patrol car, a suspect opened fire with an SKS rifle, striking him several times.

Several citizens who witnessed the incident rushed to assist the officer, wrapping his wounds in an effort to stop the bleeding. Sergeant Liczbinski told them tell my wife and kids I love them before he fell into unconsciousness. Another officer and a citizen carried him into a patrol car and he was transported to a local hospital, where he died from his wounds.

The suspects continued their escape, but crashed their vehicle. The suspects then stole another vehicle and fled again. When the vehicle was stopped, one suspect was shot and killed by K-9 officers and two suspects eluded capture. Both suspects who fled were eventually apprehended and charged with murder.

Sergeant Liczbinski had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 11 and a half years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Six months later, on November 17, 2008, Sergeant Liczbinski's former patrol partner, Sergeant Timothy Simpson, was killed when his patrol car was struck by a vehicle being operated by an intoxicated driver.

Bio

  • Age 39
  • Tour 11 years, 5 months
  • Badge 486

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; SKS
  • Offender Shot and killed

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Officer Liczbinski, I remember this and your heroic actions that day quite vividly. I still proudly wear my orange and black T-shirt with your name and and badge number on it as well as the words “Never Forget” quite often. It was orange and black because it was being sold by your brothers and sisters in blue outside of the then Wachovia Center just before an Eastern Conference Finals Game before the “Orange and Black” Flyers vs. the hated cross state rivals Pittsburgh Penguins. While the hated Pens prevailed throughout the series they showed extreme class in admiring and honoring you before one of the games by all slapping their sticks as the Flyers made sure to honor you and your sacrifice. I obviously purchased one of those shirts that evening as I had mentioned, and still wear it proudly as I mentioned as it will always say thank you to you, will always honor you and will always say thank you to your family. Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 16, 2020

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