Detective Thomas Gilbert Crabtree

Detective Thomas Gilbert Crabtree

Raleigh Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, September 1, 1922

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Thomas Gilbert Crabtree

Detective Crabtree succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day after being confronted by a drunk 19-year-old man. He was en route to join a surveillance operation when the shooting occurred near the intersection of Glenwood Avenue and Hillsborough Street.

The suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 30 years in prison. He was paroled on February 1, 1930.

Detective Crabtree had served with the Raleigh Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Thursday, August 31, 1922
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Paroled in 1930

alcohol violation, surveillance

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Det. Crabtree,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Raleigh. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 1, 2022

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