Police Officer Crystal Deneen Sheffield

Police Officer Crystal Deneen Sheffield

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Thursday, August 22, 2002

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Crystal Deneen Sheffield

Police Officer Crystal Sheffield succumbed to injuries received approximately 12 hours earlier when her patrol car collided with another patrol car as the two units were responding to back up another officer just before 11:30 pm.

The collision occurred at the intersection of Lafayette and Carey Streets. Officer Sheffield, who was assigned to the Western District, was driving a marked patrol unit and the other vehicle was an unmarked unit. Both were responding with lights and sirens activated.

Officer Sheffield was transported to a local hospital where she remained in a coma until her death. The two officers in the other unit were treated and released.

Officer Sheffield is the first female officer with the Baltimore City Police Department to be killed in the line of duty. She had served with the agency for three years. She is survived by her husband and 11-year-old son.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Incident Date Wednesday, August 21, 2002

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I am a resident of the community. I think of her every time I drive past the intersections if Carey Street and Lafayette Avenue. I never had the opportunity to meet Officer Sheffield, but so many residents spoke so highly of her. She is still missed more than two decades later.

Emma Middleton
Resident of the Western District

April 22, 2023

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