Deputy Sheriff James A. Sewell

Deputy Sheriff James A. Sewell

Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, Oklahoma

End of Watch Tuesday, March 24, 1925

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James A. Sewell

Deputy Sewell was shot and killed by two youths he was transporting to the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite, Oklahoma. While he was taking off his coat one of the prisoners grabbed his gun and shot him twice.

One suspect was apprehended the next day in Tulsa. The other suspect was apprehended ten days later in Marshall, Arkansas. Both accused the other of firing the fatal shot. Both were convicted of Deputy Sewell's murder and sentenced to life in prison. One was paroled in 1947 and the other in 1962.

He had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 56
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Paroled

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Deputy Sheriff Sewell,
On today, the 87th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Tulsa County.


U.S. Border Patrol

March 24, 2012

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