Wildlife Officer Danese Byron Crowder

Wildlife Officer Danese Byron Crowder

Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Florida

End of Watch Friday, May 3, 1974

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Danese Byron Crowder

Wildlife Officer Danese Crowder was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for hunting deer out of season.

After a brief chase the man stopped and shot Officer Crowder in the stomach and back with a .243 caliber rifle. The subject was convicted of Officer Crowder's murder and sentenced to life in prison.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; .243 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Danese "Dan" Crowder, EOW 05/03/1974

On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, FWC Academy Instructors and Recruit class 38 completed a memorial workout in your honor. Your passion for protecting the resources of the Great State of Florida has allowed our generation to experience what Florida has to offer for her citizens and those that visit. We strive to live up to everything you stood for so that future generations can continue to enjoy all the outdoor experiences that Florida has to offer. We thank you, Officer Crowder, for your dedication and sacrifice. As your brothers and sisters in green, we push ourselves to give the same fierce protection to the public and agency. We work to keep your memory alive among us.

FWC Recruit Class 38
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

May 9, 2019

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