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Deputy Constable John Crawford | Spring Valley Township Constable's Office, Kansas Spring Valley Township Constable's Office, Kansas

Deputy Constable

John Crawford

Spring Valley Township Constable's Office, Kansas

End of Watch: Tuesday, December 31, 1929

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 52

Tour: Not available

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Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)

Incident Date: 12/30/1929

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Deputy Constable Crawford was accidentally shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity. He, the constable, and the justice of the peace were conducting a raid on an abandoned coal mine in Columbus, Kansas. Two deputies and a federal agent were also planning on conducting a raid at the same time. Neither group knew of the other group's plans and conducted the raids at the same time. Thinking each other's parties were bootleggers, the officers exchanged fire and Deputy Constable Crawford was killed and one of the deputies was wounded. A coroner's inquest exonerated all officers involved of any blame in Deputy Constable Crawford's death.
The owners of the still and whiskey found in the mine were apprehended.

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Rest in Peace, Deputy Constable Crawford. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
February 4, 2014


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