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Police Officer Richard Scott Crittenden, Sr. | North St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota North St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer

Richard Scott Crittenden, Sr.

North St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Monday, September 7, 2009

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 57

Tour: 13 years

Badge # 3933

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Officer Richard Crittenden was shot and killed after he and another officer responded to a domestic disturbance call at approximately 8:30 am.

A male subject had gone to the female subject's apartment in violation of a protection order. Officer Crittenden and an officer from the Maplewood Police Department arrived, and as they were conducting an investigation, the suspect attempted to attack the female. Officer Crittenden attempted to protect the woman and during a struggle the suspect was able to gain control of Officer Crittenden's service weapon. He then opened fire, striking Officer Crittenden, who was fatally wounded. The Maplewood officer suffered a gunshot wound to her wrist, but was able to return fire and kill the suspect.

Officer Crittenden had served with the North St. Paul Police Department for nine years, had previously served with the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office for four years, and had served in Vietnam with the United States Army. He was the first North St. Paul Police Officer killed in the line of duty.

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On Monday, September 7, 2009, Officer Richard Scott Crittenden, of the North St. Paul Police Department, Minnesota, was murdered by an”UNARMMED”man. A gun battle ensued between Rich’s murderer and Police Officer Julie Olson who was assisting on the call from a neighboring community. Thank God Officer Olson survived this deadly encounter. The name of the piece of human filth who took Officer Crittenden’s life is irrelevant. Officer Crittenden gave his life protecting a victim of domestic violence. The world is a better place for his having been here and a lesser place for having gone. God bless you and your family and thank you for your service and sacrifice.

"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
John 15:13

In light of the recent events, it should be noted that Officer Crittenden was killed with his own gun by a man that had been ”UNARMMED”.

Chief Paul Philipps
Parsippany Police Department
September 7, 2016


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