Special Officer Charles Crill

Special Officer Charles Crill

Chicago and Northwestern Railroad Police Department, Railroad Police

End of Watch Saturday, March 17, 1917

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Charles Crill

Special Officer Charles Crill was shot and killed in the railroad yards that were located at East 4th Street and Maple Street.

He had discovered a group of 12 men breaking into a boxcar of train No. 64 and called for assistance from the Des Moines Police Department. As he and the Des Moines officer approached the group one of the men opened fire, killing Officer Crill and wounding the other officer.

The group of men fled but the shooter was recognized by the Des Moines officer. Several men were arrested in connection with the shooting and charged with murder.

Officer Crill was survived by his wife. His father-in-law was the Des Moines police chief.

Bio

  • Age 43
  • Tour 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Location Iowa
  • Weapon Handgun; .38 caliber
  • Offender Charged with murder

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Officer Crill,
On today, the 102nd anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice as a Law Enforcement Officer.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 17, 2019

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