PHILADELPHIA (CBS 3) ―
A suspect in custody was formally charged with the murder of Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski Sunday morning.
Police have identified the charged suspect as Levon Warner.
Sgt. Liczbinksi was shot and killed by alleged bank robbery suspects in the city’s Port Richmond section Saturday afternoon.
One suspect was killed, another has been charged and an extensive manhunt remains in progress for the third and final suspect.
Authorities said it all began when at least two armed men held up the Bank of America inside a Shop Rite located at Aramingo and Castor Avenues at 11:26 a.m.
“One tall guy, two black guys, one tall black guy and one medium height and they ran out with the money in the bags,” one eyewitness said.
The store manager reported the crime and license plate number of the get away car to Philadelphia Police.
Just a few minutes later, a 24th District Police Sergeant and 12-year veteran of the force, 40-year-old Stephen Liczbinski, was ambushed as he tried to step form his patrol car, after stopping the fleeing gunmen, in the 2600 block of Schiller Street. Sergeant Liczbinski never got his revolver out of its holster. The suspects opened fire with what police describe as an assault weapon.
“At least one of the males fired shots striking and fatally wounding Sgt. Liczbinski,” Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey said.
One neighbor saw a police officer try to save the sergeant’s life.
“He had said to the one guy who was applying pressure, ‘tell my wife…’ and that’s all he had said and that’s when they grabbed him and took him off,” the eyewitness said.