The other was Chuck Cassidy, who was shot and killed on Oct. 31 when he interrupted the robbery of a Dunkin' Donuts store on Broad Street near 66th Avenue, West Oak Lane.
Skerski's murder was the first in the city since Officer Lauretha Vaird, 43, the mother of two, was shot to death Jan. 2, 1996, when she responded to a burglar alarm at the PNC Bank in Feltonville.
Skerski, 46, a 16-year veteran cop who was highly regarded in the Northeast community he patrolled, was working overtime when he and a partner interrupted a holdup at Pat's Cafe, Castor Avenue and Arrott Street. He was hit in the neck with a shotgun blast and died a day later.
Solomon Montgomery, 26, pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to life in prison.
Cassidy, 54, a 25-year veteran and father of three, was shot when he entered the doughnut store. The killer picked up Cassidy's service revolver and ran off.
The suspect, John "Jordan" Lewis, 21, fled to Miami, where he was arrested on Nov. 6. He is awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges. Also injured in the last two years were:
Nov. 28, 2007: Officer Sandra Van Hinkle was shot and wounded in the right leg when she and other police officers tried to disperse a crowd outside a nightclub in University City.
Oct. 30, 2007: Mariano Santiago, 44, was shot in the shoulder in Center City while pursuing an alleged gunman.
Sept. 24, 2007: Richard Decoatsworth, 21, a rookie, was hit in the face with birdshot after a routine traffic stop in West Philadelphia. *