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October 21, 2010
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Man pleads guilty in Philadelphia officer's death

35-year-old Rasheed Scrugs apologized after entering his plea

Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — A man accused of fatally shooting a Philadelphia police officer abruptly pleaded guilty just as his trial was set to begin.

Thirty-five-year-old Rasheed Scrugs told the court Thursday he was guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Officer John Pawlowski. Scrugs apologized after entering his plea.

The case continued immediately to a penalty phase. The jury that was set to hear opening statements will instead hear testimony to help them decide if Scrugs should be put executed.

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Scrugs started a shootout with police after he threatened a cab driver in February 2009. Police said he shot Pawlowski in the chest after being ordered to take his hands out of his pockets.

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