Policeman David Calvin Crandall

Policeman David Calvin Crandall

Capital Police District, New York

End of Watch Saturday, April 18, 1868

David Calvin Crandall

Policeman David Crandall was shot and killed after interrupting a burglary in progress.

Policeman Crandall was walking his beat in the Town of Albia when he noticed that a store was being burglarized. After listening to the burglars talk inside, Policeman Crandall determined that there were too many suspects for him to confront alone, so be began to run to down the street to an open mill to get assistance. As he did, he was spotted by an accomplice of the burglars, who fired a revolver at Policeman Crandell, striking him in the head.

Policeman Crandall was an original member of the Capital Police District which was formed in 1865 and had served there for three years. He had previously served as a deputy sheriff in Albany County. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 232

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; Revolver
  • Offender Not available

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Showing good sense, you went for help and yet, nothing you did could have prevented your murder. You were a hero and a pioneer in law enforcement. May God Bless you and may you eternally continue to rest in peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

April 18, 2015

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