Trooper Joseph James Sepp, Jr.

Trooper Joseph James Sepp, Jr.

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Sunday, November 10, 2002

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Joseph James Sepp, Jr.

Trooper Joseph Sepp succumbed to a gunshot wound received the previous day at 2:30 am following a vehicle pursuit. Local officers had stopped a man suspected of drunk driving in Summerhill.

When the officers noticed the man had a gun, they ordered him out of the car. He instead fled in the car and led officers on a pursuit until he crashed into a patrol car and a utility pole in Ebensburg. When the suspect's vehicle crashed, the patrol units stopped in close proximity. The suspect exited his car and opened fire, striking Trooper Sepp in the head. Other officers returned fire and struck the suspect.

Trooper Sepp was transported to Memorial Medical Center, where he succumbed to his wound.

The suspect was charged with murder in connection with Trooper Sepp's death. He was convicted of first-degree murder on December 10, 2003. He was sentenced to life on December 11, 2003. The inmate died in prison on October 27, 2011.

Trooper Sepp had served with the Pennsylvania State Police for 10.5 years. He is survived by his wife, daughter, two sons, and his parents.


  • Age 34
  • Tour 10 years, 8 months
  • Badge 6672

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, November 9, 2002
  • Weapon Handgun; .41 caliber
  • Offender Died in prison

drunk driver, vehicle pursuit

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Trooper Sepp,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Pennsylvania. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 10, 2022

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