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Deputy Sheriff Ollie Crosswhite | Greene County Sheriff's Office, Missouri Greene County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

Deputy Sheriff

Ollie Crosswhite

Greene County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch: Saturday, January 2, 1932

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 42

Tour: 10 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Deputy Crosswhite was shot and killed as he attempted to enter a farmhouse in search of two suspects.
Deputy Crosswhite had served in law enforcement for 10 years He served as constable in Polk county for five years, as Ash Grove city marshal for two years and as Greene County Deputy Sheriff for three years. He was survived by his wife, four sons, two daughters and his mother.

Two brothers considered local petty burglars killed a total of seven Law Enforcement Officers. After they killed Town Marshal Mark Noe on June 2, 1929, a massive manhunt began for the suspects. The two suspects were located at the family farmhouse on January 2, 1932. They had come to town to visit their mother for the Christmas holiday. A raiding party of eleven officers was formed to arrest the two brothers. As the officers surrounded the farmhouse gunfire erupted and in the end six officers lay dead.

The suspects escaped, and fled to Texas. They were located there by Houston Police and as police moved in the two suspects committed suicide.

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Your service and dedication are remembered some 80 years after. The sacrifice you made will not be forgotten. I grew up with stories about you my grandmothers uncle who gave his life doing his job. It inspired me to take the same path. One day on the other side maybe we will compare stories. RIP

Corporal John Krempa
Boise County Sheriff's Office (great great nephew)
January 5, 2012

 

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