Deputy Sheriff Theodore Crossley

Deputy Sheriff Theodore Crossley

Riverside County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, September 22, 1921

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Theodore Crossley

Deputy Sheriff Theodore Crossley and Deputy Sheriff Henry Nelson were shot and killed when they went to investigate a charge of hay theft in Belleville, California.

When the officers arrived at the scene one of the suspects opened fire, killing both deputies.

The subsequent search for the suspects was the first time airplanes were used in California for law enforcement searches.

The man was sentenced to death for the murders and was hanged at San Quentin State Prison on February 24th, 1922.


  • Age Not available
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1922


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On this 99th anniversary of your untimely departure I would like to reiterate my previous reflection and say that your sacrifice and service will never be forgotten.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 22, 2020

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