Deputy Director Carolyn Ann Cross

Deputy Director Carolyn Ann Cross

District of Columbia Department of Corrections, District of Columbia

End of Watch Sunday, September 7, 2014

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Carolyn Ann Cross

Deputy Director Carolyn Cross was beaten to death inside her apartment in the 4800 block of Kenmore Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia.

She was preparing to leave her apartment to represent the District of Columbia Department of Corrections at a conference in Atlanta, Georgia, when the subject attacked her. He struck her approximately 15 times with a heavy wrench and then strangled her.

Deputy Director Cross' daughter found her body when she arrived at the apartment to drive her to the airport.

The subject who murdered her was located a short time later after attempting to commit suicide. He was found not guilty by reason of insanity and committed to a state mental hospital.

Deputy Director Cross had served with the District of Columbia Department of Corrections for 30 years. She is survived by her husband and four children.


  • Age 64
  • Tour 30 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Location Virginia
  • Weapon Blunt object; Wrench
  • Offender Committed

at home, edp

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My heartfelt and sincerest thoughts and prayers to your daughter and family enduring this terrible tragedy and to them, I say please know that your mother will never be forgotten by her LE brethren. Deputy Cross, thank you for your service and know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

June 23, 2020

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