Patrolman Robert J. Crosby

Patrolman Robert J. Crosby

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, November 27, 1954

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Robert J. Crosby

Patrolman Robert Crosby was shot and killed after he and his partner stopped two men for reckless driving at the intersection of Beaumont Highway and Baytown Highway (modern day McCarty Street and Market Street), in Houston.

Unbeknownst to the officers, one of the men had just shot and wounded a Harris County sheriff's deputy who had stopped them minutes earlier. When the officers exited their patrol vehicle one of the men opened fire, killing Patrolman Crosby and wounding his partner. Both subjects escaped but were arrested the next day.

The shooter was convicted of capital murder and executed on April 4th, 1957.

Patrolman Crosby had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 14 months.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year, 2 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Executed in 1957

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