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Officer David Wayne Crowther | Portland Police Bureau, Oregon Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

Officer

David Wayne Crowther

Portland Police Bureau, Oregon

End of Watch: Thursday, December 27, 1979

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 27

Tour: 4 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/13/1979

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: Convicted of manslaughter

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Officer Crowther succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained two weeks earlier when he was shot while serving a narcotics warrant. He and eight other members of his unit were serving the warrant at the clubhouse of a local motorcycle gang. As they forced the door open one of the occupants opened fire with a shotgun, striking Officer Crowther in the head.

Thirteen members of the gang were arrested and charged with narcotics violations and Officer Crowther's murder.

Officer Crowther had served with the agency for 4 years and was assigned to the Special Investigation Division. He was survived by his parents and sister.

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I was David's teammate at Olympic JC in Bremerton - He did have a great sense of humor! We were linemen together. What a mountain of a man. I think of him often. He is missed by all!

Shelton WA.
Team mate at Olympic JC.
July 23, 2016

 

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