A Philadelphia Police officer was arrested and charged today after he threatened to kill a pedestrian after an altercation in October 2013, authorities said.
Edward Sawicki III, 34,was off-duty on Oct. 20, 2013 around 3 a.m. when he backed his car into a 37-year-old pedestrianon the 1100 block of S. 9th Street.
Sawicki hit the man in the knee.The victim then pounded on the trunk of Sawicki’s vehicle with his hand to alert the driver, according to the District Attorney's Office.
Sawicki exited the car, pulled up his shirt and showed his gun. And then he 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, city-issued gun, according to the DA's office.
Sawicki, who is a 9-year veteran of the force, was last assigned to the 25th District.
He turned himself into police earlier today. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey suspended Edward Sawicki for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.
Sawicki was charged with making terroristic threats, possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct.