Chief of Police Bradley Cribb

Chief of Police Bradley Cribb

Fair Bluff Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, January 26, 1923

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Bradley Cribb

Chief Bradley Cribb was shot and fatally wounded during an exchange of gunfire with a man he caught in the act of robbing a store. The suspect, shot and wounded in the leg by Chief Cribb, fled into a nearby woods. Chief Cribb, shot through the chest, was taken to Bulluck Hospital in Wilmington where he died the next day. A posse capured the suspect two days later in Whiteville.

The suspect, the most noted outlaw in Eastern North Carolina since the Civil War, was wanted on a dozen charges in New Hanover County. During his long criminal career he had escaped from the local jail three times and the state prison twice. A week after his capture he was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death. He was executed in the electric chair March 5, 1923.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, January 25, 1923
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1923

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 86th anniversary year of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


October 18, 2009

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