KILLADELPHIA: Bank Robber Dead, Cop Slain

skeleton_running.gifINQUIRER: A Philadelphia police officer was shot and killed with a military assault rifle late this morning when he confronted at least two robbers who had just held up a Bank of America branch at a Shoprite supermarket in Port Richmond. At 11:26 a.m., police received a report of a robbery at the American Bank at 3547 Aramingo Avenue. Another officer, responding to a “flash” that had been broadcast on police radio, ran into the robbers at Schiller and Almond streets and shot one of themskeleton_running.gif dead, officials said. One, perhaps two, of the robbers remained at large late this afternoon as hundreds of police officers searched a wide swath of the city looking for bandits and their getaway car. “This is a tragedy for the entire City of Philadelphia,” Mayor Nutter told a reporter outside of Temple University Hospital, where the slain officer was taken. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey identified the slain officer as Stephen Liczbinski, 40, a 12-year police veteran assigned to the 24th District in Port Richmond who recently had been promoted to sergeant. Liczbinski’s wife, Michelle, and their three children — Matt, Steven and Amber — were escorted into the hospital by police officials. MORE

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