Teen gun-theft charge tied to officer slaying

May 6, 2008 6:36:32 PM PDT
Officials say a gun linked to the weekend slaying of a Philadelphia police officer came from a Harrisburg-area teen who had sold it for drugs. Police say 19-year-old Levi Swigart of Duncannon had stolen the revolver from his mother.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says the gun was found at the crime scene but had not been fired.

The agency says a semiautomatic was used to kill 39-year-old Philadelphia Police Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski on Saturday as he investigated a bank heist.

Police continue to search for 33-year-old suspect Eric Floyd. One alleged accomplice is in custody and the other was killed.

Swigart is being held in Perry County on $500,000 bail, charged with two felony theft counts.


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