Policeman David Calvin Crandall

Policeman David Calvin Crandall

Capital Police District, New York

End of Watch Saturday, April 18, 1868

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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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Rest in peace Policeman Crandell. You were born exactly 38 years before my dad may he rest in peace. He too was a officer for nearly forty years.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 29, 2019

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