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

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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

Suspect: 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 worked with Dave when he was a rookie officer with the Corvallis Oregon Police Department in 1974. He came to us from Portland where he was friends with Portland Officers. He loved working out and was in excellent shape. However, he diddn't like runing (actually jogging) and would complain about it when going with some of us after our shift. beings I was much smaller and a lot less stronger It was great to have him as my backup. His favorite place to eat, which was often beings he was a bachelor, was an all you can eat resturant where the owners adopted him. He had a great personality and was liked by everyone. His dream was to get on the Portland Police Departemnt and be assigned to the Narcotics Division. I often thought of him especialy when I worked undercover as a narcotics officer. I even worked a couple of cases with Portland's Officers after his death. He was a good friend who inspired me to stay physically fit (I still work out and have a complete gym taking up a bay in my garage). I was recently at the Police Academy attending my son-in-laws graduation and saw Dave's name inscribed on the Memorial. It brought back the memories and I found this site today. I'm sure I will see him again.

Retired Sergeant Wayne Botta
Corvallis Police Department
April 29, 2013

 

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