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Sergeant Samuel Hewitt | Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

Sergeant

Samuel Hewitt

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 23, 1947

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 4/3/1947

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Sergeant Hewitt and Officer James Quigley were shot and killed following a pursuit of a stolen vehicle. When the vehicle they were pursuing crashed, the suspect exited the car and opened fire. Officer Quigley was killed and Sergeant Hewitt suffered mortal wounds. Sergeant Hewitt succumbed to his wounds 20 days later.

The suspect was convicted of both murders and sentenced to life in prison. He was released from prison in 1972 and, two years later, murdered his foster mother. He was sentenced to life in prison for that murder as well.

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Police Officer James J. Quigley
Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania
End of Watch: Thursday, April 3, 1947
Cause: Gunfire

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I would have loved to know you. You were gone before I was born, but you son, Edward, was my uncle. Edward has been gone many years now, but he was a kind, gentle, and intelligent man. I never had the opportunity to gain from your knowledge. Since recently losing a member from my former department, I realize the huge sense of loss to all around you. Rest in peace...great uncle Sam.

Major(ret.) Stuart Snyder
New Castle County Police, Delaware
September 21, 2011

 

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