Deputy Sheriff William Jonathan Crawley

Deputy Sheriff William Jonathan Crawley

Chesterfield County Sheriff's Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Monday, August 31, 1998

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William Jonathan Crawley

Deputy William Crawley was shot and killed as he was escorting a woman to her residence so she could gather clothing and move out. Deputy Crawley was also serving a court order on the woman's husband to move out of the home when the suspect opened fire, killing both Deputy Crawley and the woman. The suspect then fled to another residence about 20 minutes north where a six hour standoff ensued. During the standoff a SWAT team attempted to take him into custody when his attention was diverted but he instead reached for a weapon and was shot numerous times.

Deputy Crawley had been with the Chesterfield County Sheriff's Department for 4 years and is survived by his wife, two children, mother, sister, and grandmother.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 123

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed during standoff

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Before John was on the road as a deputy he rode with me many nights. I often wonder could I have shown him more that might would’ve kept this from happening or did I make the job look not so dangerous . I’ve held that a long time never speaking of it. I felt the same way about another officer that died in a car crash that worked for the Town of Cheraw that ride with me a lot also. RIP guys I loved you and I’m sorry if I contributed in even the smallest way. Thanks for giving your all. To all that have new officers riding instill in them the best, I think I did but will always have questions.

Sgt. Kenneth Lear- retired
Chesterfield PD

September 9, 2019

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