Special Officer Charles Crill

Special Officer Charles Crill

Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Saturday, March 17, 1917

Charles Crill

Special Officer Charles Crill was shot and killed in the railroad yards that were located at East 4th Street and Maple Street.

He had discovered a group of 12 men breaking into a boxcar of train No. 64 and called for assistance from the Des Moines Police Department. As he and the Des Moines officer approached the group one of the men opened fire, killing Officer Crill and wounding the other officer.

The group of men fled but the shooter was recognized by the Des Moines officer. Several men were arrested in connection with the shooting and charged with murder.

Officer Crill was survived by his wife. His father-in-law was the Des Moines police chief.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Iowa
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Charged with murder


Most Recent Reflection

View all 2 Reflections

Officer Crill, God Bless you and thank you for your service in helping to protect one of America's greatest assets, it's railroads. You did your duty and earned your rest. May it be eternally peaceful, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

July 18, 2017

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.