Police Officer Arthur Glenn Craft, Jr.

Police Officer Arthur Glenn Craft, Jr.

Greensboro Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Thursday, February 14, 1974

Arthur Glenn Craft, Jr.

Officer Craft was shot and killed after responding to a call of a crazy man in the woods behind a residence. When Officer Craft arrived on the scene he was ambushed by the man and shot in the chest with a shotgun. The suspect also shot and wounded two other officers before being taken into custody.

The suspect was convicted of second degree murder and two counts of assault with intent to kill. He was sentenced to 70 years in prison on October 9, 1974. He was released from prison September 8, 2009. The suspect, who had a history of violence and assaulting guards while in prison, was jailed three days after his release for resisting arrest.

Officer Craft had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife and son. He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge 223
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Released 1n 2009

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Sir, Your son came to join you today, July 19, 2017. Way to soon before your daughter n law Heidi and your granddaughter, Hanna and the rest of his brothers and sisters with the Henrico County Division of Police were ready to let him go. Please know that he was and will be remembered as a true friend to all and loving husband and father. I had the honor and privilege to have worked next to him and partners with him. Besides being a loving husband and father, David always tried to look out for his officers and was a true and honest friend to all. You should be very proud of him. He will be missed by many, many people. Please continue to look after him, Heidi, and Hanna.

Sgt. P.G. Grainer. (Retired)
Henrico County Police, Henrico VA.

July 19, 2017

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