Off Duty Police Officer Charged with Terroristic Threats

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April 2, 2014: The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has charged 34 year old Edward Sawicki III with Terroristic Threats, PIC, Simple Assault, Harassment, and Disorderly Conduct for an incident that occurred in October of 2013. Sawicki, an officer with the Philadelphia Police Department, was off duty at the time of the assault.

On October 20, 2013, at approximately 2:45 AM, the victim was walking near in the 1300 block of S. 9th St. when he came into contact with Edward Sawicki. Sawicki was backing up in his vehicle when the vehicle struck the victim, hitting him in the knee. The victim then pounded on the trunk of Sawicki’s vehicle with his hand in order to alert Sawicki that he backed into him. Sawicki exited the car, pulled up his shirt showing a gun, and rushed at the victim. Sawicki then yelled racial epitaphs at the victim and threatened to kill him. At one point Sawicki stated “N#!!er, I’ll smoke you” while keeping his hand on the holstered gun. The victim immediately contacted the police, Sawicki was identified as an off-duty Philadelphia police officer, and Sawicki’s gun, which was his city-issued firearm, was confiscated.

Edward Sawicki III turned himself into authorities this morning and he is currently being processed by police.


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