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Patrolman Fred Cromwell | Linton Police Department, Indiana Linton Police Department, Indiana


Fred Cromwell

Linton Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Sunday, February 7, 1915

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 6 days

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Fred Cromwell was shot and killed by a man he surprised burglarizing a local clothing store.

Patrolman Cromwell was making his early morning rounds when he found a key in the front door of the store. As he opened the door he was shot twice and killed instantly.

The suspect was apprehended a month later in Los Angeles, California, after a fierce gun battle with four Los Angeles police officers. On May 13th, 1915, he was convicted of Patrolman Cromwell's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Cromwell was survived by his expectant wife and two children. He had been the Patrolman for only six days after many years as the town's fire chief.

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