Sergeant Thomas F. Sewell

Sergeant Thomas F. Sewell

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, March 12, 1989

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Thomas F. Sewell

Sergeant Thomas Sewell was stabbed to death while investigating a prowler who was trespassing in a garage at the 69th Street Terminal Complex in Upper Darby Township, Pennsylvania.

Sergeant Sewell had responded to the call at approximately 4:30 am and was searching the subject when the man suddenly turned around and started stabbing him in the head with a 12-inch kitchen knife. Sergeant Sewell was able to shoot the suspect twice during the attack, killing him.

Sergeant Sewell had served with the SEPTA Transit Police Department for seven years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 23

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Shot and killed

investigation, suspicious person

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I have visited this site to many times to count. So many years have passed since the day I heard about this tragic event. I only met Tom in person maybe 3 or 4 times but I remember him and that day often. Jeanne, don't know if you remember me but as a Letter Carrier with the USPS I would visit your home every day for many years. My purpose today is to just make you aware that I continue to think of Tom often. And that day I first heard of his death. He is now, and always will be, in my thoughts and prayers. I thank you, Tom, for your dedication and service. May God bless you

James W. Jr

March 27, 2023

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