Patrolman Charles Weir Crankshaw

Patrolman Charles Weir Crankshaw

Atlanta Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, February 2, 1930

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Charles Weir Crankshaw

Patrolman Charles Crankshaw was shot and killed when he and another officer attempted to search a subject suspected of carrying a concealed weapon in a store. When the officers attempted to stop the subject he drew a gun and fired, striking Patrolman Crankshaw three times.

The other officer shot and fatally wounded the suspect as he fled form the scene. The suspect ran to a nearby hospital where he died from his wounds. It was later discovered that he was a convict who had escaped from the Confederate Soldiers Home in Atlanta where he had been assigned to special duty.

Patrolman Crankshaw had served with the Atlanta Police Department for four years. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 32
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Shot and killed

escapee, weapons violation

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Katherine Gran, we are undoubtedly cousins.
My grandfather was also a Charles Weir Crankshaw. He would have been born around 1895, more or less. My uncle was also named Charles Weir Crankshaw, III.
I never knew my grandfather. He was married to Mary Pepper Gentry Crankshaw, but they divorced in the 1930s or early 40s.
My grandfather was a watchmaker and silversmith. My Dad told me that we had a LOT of cops in our family, and that all of them were also Masons.
There are a LOT of Crankshaws in Pittsburgh, PA, because Uncle Charlie married into a Catholic family and had a mess of kids and they had kids and their kids had kids... so there were easily 100 family members at Uncle Charlie's funeral when he passed.
It really only occurred to me after my grandmother died that everything I knew about being a Crankshaw was really about being a Gentry, but my grandmother was proud of the Crankshaw name, even though she was only one by marriage.

Jean Marie Crankshaw (civilian)
A cousin

May 29, 2022

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