Sergeant Samuel Harrison Hewitt

Sergeant Samuel Harrison Hewitt

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, April 23, 1947

Samuel Harrison Hewitt

Sergeant Samuel Hewitt and Officer James Quigley were shot and killed following a pursuit of a stolen vehicle. When the vehicle they were pursuing crashed at the intersection of Stenton Avenue and Sedgewick Street , the suspect fled on foot, then opened fire on Officers as they pursued him, Killing Sergeant Hewitt and Officer Quigley.

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.

Sergeant Hewitt was a U.S Army veteran of WWII and had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 20 years. He was survived by his wife, and three grown children.


  • Age 46
  • Tour 20 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

foot pursuit, stolen vehicle, vehicle pursuit

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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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