Officer John T. Crum

Officer John T. Crum

Danville Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Wednesday, April 10, 1901

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John T. Crum

Officer Crum was shot and killed while investigating illegal alcohol sales at a local establishment. He had gone to the bar to serve a warrant on the owner for serving alcohol. When he entered the bar four patrons immediately left, leaving only Officer Crum and the owner. A struggle ensued between the two and the suspect shot Officer Crum twice in the chest, killing him.

The man fled the scene but was quickly apprehended. He was convicted of Officer Crum's murder and executed in a public hanging on December 20, 1901.

Officer Crum had served with the agency for 4 years. He was survived by his wife and ten children.


  • Age 53
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed

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Two years ago while doing some ancestry work, I found out that my great-great grandfather John T Crum was a police officer killed in the line of duty. My nephew is a corrections officer for the State of Illinois and my late uncle was a corrections officer for the State of Florida. I have made sure that my family members are aware of John T. Crum’s sacrifice in 1901.

Catherine Jennings
Great great granddaughter

October 10, 2021

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