Posted Nov. 7, 2007 – A weeklong, multi-state manhunt for a suspected Philly cop killer came to an end Tuesday morning with his arrest in Miami.
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Police took 21-year-old John Lewis down, pictured above to the left, as he was leaving the chapel of a homeless shelter and slapped chrome bracelets on him. As Lewis was being hauled off to jail, he made a walking confession to officers, saying, “I’m sorry” and “I can’t change what I did.”
Lewis is accused of shooting Police Officer Chuck Cassidy, pictured above, who walked into a Dunkin' Donuts in the city's West Oak Lane neighborhood, as the suspect was robbing it at gunpoint.
The 54-year-old officer died the following day.
Miami Police Chief John Timoney, who used to be the police commissioner in Philadelphia, said Philadelphia Police alerted him Monday afternoon after learning that Lewis had fled to Florida, Philly.com reports.
Timoney set up a special investigative group to hunt down the fugitive.
"Now that the killer is in custody, the wheels of justice will begin to turn, and we will use all of our resources to bring this defendant to justice," District Attorney Lynne Abraham said in a statement.
Cassidy is the third police officer shot in four days. The two others survived.
Philadelphia, dubbed “Killadelphia,” is leading the nation in murders.
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