Sheriff Cecil M. Crawford

Sheriff Cecil M. Crawford

Page County Sheriff's Department, Iowa

End of Watch Saturday, April 10, 1943

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Cecil M. Crawford

Sheriff Cecil Crawford was shot and killed as he and two other officers attempted to take custody of a man for a sanity hearing in his father's home.

The man led the sheriff and a deputy upstairs, where he opened fire on them, killing Sheriff Crawford instantly. He then jumped from a window and ran into a wooded area, and was captured a short time later.

The suspect was declared insane and committed to a mental institution. In July of 1949, he was found to be sane and charged with Sheriff Crawford's murder. He was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 20 years in prison on November 7, 1949. He died on October 7, 1956.

Sheriff Crawford was serving his third term as Sheriff of Page County Sheriff's Department. He was survived by his wife.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .22 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to 20 years

EDP, mentally ill

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Sheriff Crawford,
On today, the 80th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Page County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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April 10, 2023

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