Sergeant Ernest James DeCross

Sergeant Ernest James DeCross

Braintree Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, March 1, 1991

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Ernest James DeCross

Sergeant Ernest DeCross and Lieutenant Gregory Principe were killed in a vehicle crash while pursuing a vehicle being driven by a 16-year-old juvenile.

Their vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree near the intersection of Middle Street and Arnold Street. The juvenile was arrested and charged with two counts of manslaughter.

Sergeant DeCross had served with the Braintree Police Department for 12 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, father, and mother.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

juvenile offender, vehicle pursuit

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Sergeant De Cross, it's now been 32 years, Ernie, you've never and will never be forgotten.

God Bless and may your continued rest be ever peaceful.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

March 1, 2023

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