Patrolman Thomas L. Zebley

Patrolman Thomas L. Zebley

Wilmington Police Department, Delaware

End of Watch Thursday, November 13, 1919

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Thomas L. Zebley

Patrolman Thomas Zebley was shot and killed as he and another officer attempted to serve a warrant on two thieves for stealing several firearms.

They located the wanted subject at 818 E 6th Street. As they made the arrest one of the men opened fire with one of the stolen revolvers, fatally wounding Patrolman Zebley. The other officer was also wounded.

The suspect was apprehended and convicted of Patrolman Zebley's murder. He was sentenced to death and subsequently executed on December 2, 1920.

Patrolman Zebley had served with the agency for 11 years. He was a widower and had no surviving children.


  • Age 41
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Executed in 1920

warrant service

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Cheswold PD & (New Castle County Police-DE retired)

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