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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Sgt. DeCross,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Braintree. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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March 1, 2021

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