Patrolman Fred Cromwell

Patrolman Fred Cromwell

Linton Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Sunday, February 7, 1915

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Fred Cromwell

Patrolman Fred Cromwell was shot and killed by a man he surprised burglarizing a local clothing store.

Patrolman Cromwell was making his early morning rounds when he found a key in the front door of the store. As he opened the door he was shot twice and killed instantly.

The suspect was apprehended a month later in Los Angeles, California, after a fierce gun battle with four Los Angeles police officers. On May 13th, 1915, he was convicted of Patrolman Cromwell's murder and sentenced to life in prison.

Patrolman Cromwell was survived by his expectant wife and two children. He had been the Patrolman for only six days after many years as the town's fire chief.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 6 days
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 8, 2020

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