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Special Agent Cornelius  Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Agent

Cornelius "Neil" Cross

Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Sunday, January 21, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: 3 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Nebraska

Incident Date: 1/21/1917

Weapon: Handgun; .44 caliber

Suspect: Apprehended

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Special Agent Cross was shot and killed when he confronted three men stealing from a box-car at the Cuming Street crossing in the Omaha, Nebraska, freight yards at 0200 hours. When he encountered the men he told them stop and of them immediately complied. Another jumped out of the box car and began to attack Special Agent Cross, who was able to fend him off. As Special Agent Cross chased the man around the box car the third suspect opened fire, striking him twice. He was able to return fire and wound one of the suspects.

Several suspects were apprehended. In their possession were items that had been taken in several previous train robberies and burglaries.

Special Agent Cross had been with the agency for only a few months.

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RIP brother, a hero is never really gone.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
January 21, 2012

 

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