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Special Officer Charles Crill | Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

Special Officer

Charles Crill

Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch: Saturday, March 17, 1917

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 2 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Location: Iowa

Weapon: Handgun; .38 caliber

Offender: Charged with murder

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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.

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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

 

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