New details in officer's slaying

May 4, 2008 8:41:33 AM PDT
One person is being questioned and police know the name of another person they want to find in connection with the deadly shooting of a police officer during a bank holdup in Philadelphia Saturday.

Police are trying to find 34-year-old Eric Deshawn Floyd. Investigators say he recently escaped from a halfway house in Reading, Pa.

Philadelphia police are already questioning one person in connection with the murder of an officer who was killed during a bank robbery Saturday morning.

According to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, at least two armed men robbed the Bank of America branch inside the Shop Rite located at 3547 Aramingo Avenue around 11:26 a.m. Saturday. Ramsey says there may have been a third suspect involved in the hold up.

The suspects fled in a vehicle described as a black or blue Jeep.

Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski, 39, from the 24th District, encountered the vehicle in the 2500 block of E. Schiller Street. At least one of the suspects drew an assault-type weapon and fired shots at Liczbinski, fatally wounding the officer.

Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey told reporters, "It is my understanding that he was either in the car or had just gotten out of the car at the time he was struck."

Sgt. Liczbinski was shot three times, suffering wounds to the face and abdomen. He was rushed to Northeastern Hospital then transferred to Temple University Hospital, where he later died.

A short time later officers spotted the suspects inside a van in the 500 block of E. Louden Street. One suspect was shot and later died at Einstein Medical Center. Crime scene investigators collected a weapon, believed to be an AK-47, from the sidewalk near the van.

During the night Saturday, police were engaged in an all-out manhunt for the suspect or suspects that got away. SWAT teams went door to door searching for the cop killers.

They searched from the air and on foot. Police chased one shirtless suspect into a patch of woods. Officers went into the area shoulder to shoulder, with the help of police dogs, but the suspect was not found.

Liczbinski, a 12-year veteran of the department, was recently promoted to the rank of sergeant. He would have celebrated his 40th birthday this coming Tuesday, May 6th. Liczbinski is survived by his wife Michele, sons Matt and Stephen, and daughter Amber.

Action News will have further information as soon as it becomes available.


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