Sergeant Bradley W. Crawford

Sergeant Bradley W. Crawford

Clark County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch Friday, July 30, 2004

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Bradley W. Crawford

Sergeant Crawford was killed when his patrol car was intentionally rammed by a car fleeing the scene of a standoff. Deputies had originally responded to a home to investigate reports of a domestic dispute. When they arrived at the scene, the male subject refused to come outside and was observed pointing a rifle out of a window. A SWAT team and negotiator were requested, but before they arrived the suspect, who was still armed, crawled to his pickup truck in the driveway.

The suspect fled the scene in the truck, but struck the driver's side of Sergeant Crawford's patrol car at 124th Avenue and 114th Street. Sergeant Crawford was flown to a hospital in Portland where he succumbed to his injuries two hours later.

The suspect was treated and released from a local hospital and charged with murder and vehicular homicide. He was convicted of second degree murder on June 28, 2006. He was sentenced to 29 years in prison on July 28, 2006.

Sergeant Crawford had served with the Clark County Sheriff's Department for 8 years. He had previously served with the Los Angeles, California, Police Department, and the Flagstaff, Arizona, Police Department for 13 years. He is survived by his wife, five children, and three grandchildren.


  • Age 49
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 3668

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 29 years

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I know you are at peace and celebrating with your sister who passed 4 weeks prior to you. The people that you have touched, that you have through your love for Christ-and ministered to. You were and are a person who's life deserves to be celebrated.

Professionally, you were one of the best of the best. No matter what was going on, you communicated well & helped in any capacity that you could. When you were on duty, we in dispatch never had to worry if you had our backs. Just like we do our best to have your back.

Personally, you were an incredible person. When I struggled spiritually, you encouraged and counseled without putting those who struggled down. I will always remember your non-judgmental kind words. I am not perfect, but when I struggle, I remember your words, encouragement, lending books and your humor.

As a husband, you were true, loving and committed. You wanted all that were married to understand that tough times would come, but it was worth the struggle to stay strong. As a father, you were compassionate, steady, loving and an example. Again, you wanted all those that had children to rise to the challenge of raising children who were confident, loved, secure and had faith. You passed your life experience onto those that took a minute to listen. You never pushed, prodded or put down. You lead your family & officers with the highest of integrity.

Thank you for your service and a life well lived! You will never be forgotten!

R. Sinclair-Janisch
CRESA & Life Flight Network

March 8, 2020

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