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Patrolman William Thomas Cribb | Charleston County Police Department, South Carolina Charleston County Police Department, South Carolina

Patrolman

William Thomas Cribb

Charleston County Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Friday, November 15, 1974

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Never identified

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Patrolman Willliam Cribb was shot and killed when he and another officer interrupted an armed robbery in a supermarket while off duty.

Patrolman Cribb and a colleague, both off duty, had gone to a local grocery store, Sam's Red and White, on James Island to get charcoal for a cook-out that evening at Patrolman Cribb's home.

After getting the charcoal and approaching the front of the store they saw a perpetrator with a gun forcing a store employee to open a safe in an office cubicle near the front of the store. Patrolman Cribb was armed, his colleague was not. Patrolman Cribb pulled his weapon and approached the perpetrator from the rear and ordered him to freeze. Unbeknownst to both officers, the perpetrator had two accomplices, one outside the store standing watch, and one in the store, standing a short distance from the office cubicle and behind Patrolman Cribb. That accomplice shot Patrolman Cribb from behind. After Patrolman Cribb fell to the floor, the perpetrator near the safe fired another bullet into Patrolman Cribb.

As the perpetrators were running from the store with the stolen money, Patrolman Cribb's colleague retrieved his gun and fired several shots at them, missing all of them.

Patrolman Cribb was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital.

The three suspects escaped with five thousand dollars and remain at large.

Patrolman Cribb was survived by his pregnant wife and young daughter.

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Yo, Brah:

It has been nearly 41 years. I quit LAPD back in Year 2008, and I returned to life as “A Lazy Surfing Beach Bum.” Yet, I still think about the fact that Your murder remains unsolved (Sigh).

May You Rest-In-Peace

Semper Fi,
“Major Pain”

Michael B. Parlor
September 13, 2015

 

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