Deputy City Marshal T. Dwight Crittenden

Deputy City Marshal T. Dwight Crittenden

Los Angeles City Municipal Court, California

End of Watch Thursday, February 17, 1938

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T. Dwight Crittenden

Deputy Marshal Crittenden and Deputy Marshal Leon W. Romer were shot and killed while attempting to serve an eviction warrant at a home at 1741 East 23rd Street. The suspect opened fire on the two deputy marshals when he was told he would have to leave the home.

Deputy Marshal Romer was able to stumble outside, where he collapsed in the front yard. The suspect then shot Deputy Marshal Crittenden in the back as he retreated into the street to seek cover.
Responding officers engaged the suspect in an hour-long gun battle until wounding him four times.

On June 1, 1938, the man, 54, was convicted of two counts of manslaughter and sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison.


  • Age 61
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years


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