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Village Marshal Patrick Crowley | Hodgkins Police Department, Illinois Hodgkins Police Department, Illinois

Village Marshal

Patrick Crowley

Hodgkins Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch: Sunday, June 13, 1909

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 36

Tour: 2 weeks

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; Revolver

Offender: Apprehended

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Village Marshal Patrick Crowley was shot and killed from ambush as he was escorting the Hodgkins ex-mayor to jail.

The man had been defeated for re-election as mayor of the village after a heated anti-liquor fight in the last election. Marshal Crowley had arrested him at his home for a disturbance he had caused earlier. As he was escorting him to jail, a man stepped from behind a tree and shot Marshal Crowley in the back of the head.

The ex-mayor and another man were arrested and charged with Marshal Crowley's murder. On December 23, 1909, the Cook County state's attorney stated that he had no evidence, forcing the judge to dismiss the charges against both men.

Marshal Crowley had served with the Hodgkins Police Department for only two weeks and had previously served as a police officer with the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department. He was survived by his wife, son and three daughters.

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Village Marshall Crowley's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 1-28-17 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan
RPPD (IL)
January 28, 2017

 

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