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Patrolman James Crofton | New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana


James Crofton

New Orleans Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch: Monday, October 4, 1869

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: Not available

Badge # 67

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Arrested

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Patrolman James Crofton was shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance at a home at 175 St. Andrew Street.

He was at his nearby home when he was alerted to the screams of a woman calling for police. He went to the woman's aid where he discovered that the woman's husband and struck their child with a cane. The subject ran upstairs as Patrolman Crofton attempted to arrest the man. As Patrolman Crofton climbed the stairs in pursuit the man opened fire, mortally wounding him.

Patrolman Crofton was taken to his home where he died a short time later.

Patrolman Crofton was survived by five children and two brothers. One of grandchildren, Robert J. Cambias, later became a New Orleans police officer and was murdered in the line of duty on October 18th, 1907.

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End of Watch: Friday, October 18, 1907
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Patrolman Crofton, it seems you were off duty at the time and yet, being dedicated to what was right, you still responded to the cries of someone in need. If that doesn't define 'hero', NOTHING does.

May your eternal rest be ever peaceful, Brother and God Bless you.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
August 29, 2017


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