Deputy Sheriff Olney Benton Crawford

Deputy Sheriff Olney Benton Crawford

Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee

End of Watch Sunday, March 24, 1946

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Olney Benton Crawford

Deputy Sheriff Olney Crawford was killed when he was struck by a drunk driver at the intersection of Summer Avenue and Perkins Road.

He and another deputy were investigating a previous accident when an intoxicated wrecker driver sped through the scene and struck Deputy Crawford. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver was charged with manslaughter.

Deputy Crawford had served with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office for two years. He was survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Not available

accident scene, drunk driver

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Deputy Sheriff Crawford,
On today, the 67th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Shelby County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

March 24, 2013

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