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Police Officer Thomas J. Mathews | Abington Township Police Department, Pennsylvania Abington Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

Police Officer

Thomas J. Mathews

Abington Township Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch: Wednesday, June 29, 1949

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Executed in 1953

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Police Officer Thomas Mathews was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious truck near Rydal he and his partner had seen leaving a large estate of a prominent citizen.

The driver of the truck fled with Officer Mathews in pursuit. His partner heard several gunshots moments later. Officer Mathews' body was located near a hedge approximately one hour later.

Investigation revealed that the subjecct had just committed a burglary at the estate. The man was apprehended in Lynchburg, Virginia, returned to Pennsylvania, and sentenced to death. He was subsequently executed on May 18, 1953.

Officer Mathews was a U.S Army veteran of WWII and had served with the Abington Township Police Department for four years.

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You are always in our thoughts and prayers. You and the sacrifice that you made will never be forgotten. We know that you are always watching out for us.

Michael P. Mathews and Family
June 29, 2017


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