Corporal Darryl Dwayne Cross, Jr.

Corporal Darryl Dwayne Cross, Jr.

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, July 8, 2021

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Darryl Dwayne Cross, Jr.

Corporal Darryl Cross suffered a fatal heart attack after responding to a barricade following a murder.

At about 12:15 pm the prior day he responded to a barricaded gunman who had shot two people, killing one. Several hours later he responded to another fatal shooting at 7:15 pm with a male subject found deceased from a gunshot wound to the head at the scene. After this incident, a crowd nearby assembled and became very irate, causing Corporal Cross to perform crowd control which grew to over 200 people. The scene did not clear out until 11:45 pm.

He completed his shift and suffered a fatal heart attack the following morning.

Corporal Cross had served with the Detroit Police Department for over 23 years and was with the 12th Precinct. He was fluent in French and Spanish. He is survived by his two sons.


  • Age 47
  • Tour 23 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack


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Lord God of unfailing love, to those families who are suffering in the wake of the loss of a law enforcement family member, help us to provide support. Allow us to be their rock and fortress in a time of immense pain and uncertainty. Help us to keep them safe and nourished in their time of grief, suffering beside them as we move toward healing and reconciliation. Lord God, in Your compassionate mercy, hear my prayer. In Christ Jesus, Your beloved Son, I pray. Amen.

“Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called children of God.” [Matthew 5:9]

“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13]

“And he [Jesus] said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” [Luke 23:43 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained / Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
The Christian Chaplain Ministry
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

December 8, 2021

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