Constable Henry Crocha

Constable Henry Crocha

St. Mary Parish Constable's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Wednesday, June 7, 1899

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Henry Crocha

Constable Henry Crocha succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained three weeks earlier while attempting to serve a fugitive warrant on an escapee in Berwick, Louisiana.

He had gone to the man's home and knocked on the door. When the fugitive answered he pointed a gun and Constable Crocha and ordered him off of his porch. Constable Crocha complied and began walking toward the gate when the man fired at him, striking him in the spine.

Constable Crocha was taken by train to a hospital in New Orleans and succumbed to his wound on June 7th, 1899.

On June 16th, 1899, the same subject shot and killed Constable John Bernauer in Patterson as the constable attempted to arrest him. Constable Bernauer was able to return fire with a shotgun and wounded the subject. He was arrested several days later while attempting to board a train. He was convicted of Constable Bernauer's murder and subsequently executed on August 18th, 1899.

Constable Crocha was the elected constable of the Sixth Ward.


  • Age 26
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, May 20, 1899
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Executed in 1899

warrant service, escapee

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