Policeman Arthur Cruse

Policeman Arthur Cruse

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, January 22, 1923

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Arthur Cruse

Policeman Archie Cruse was shot and killed by a robbery suspect on Towne Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets in Los Angeles.

The suspect was later arrested in Seattle, Washington, and extradited back to California to stand trial for the officer's murder.

Policeman Cruse was transferred to White Memorial Hospital., where he succumbed to his wounds.

The 46-year-old subject was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in Folsom Prison. On May 21, 1936, he stabbed to death a fellow inmate. He died in prison in 1956.

Policeman Cruse was a United States WWI Army veteran and had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for over one year. He was survived by his wife, son, father, and sister.

He is buried at the Evergreen Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California. The LAPD Street Sign memorializing Officer Cruze is located east of Towne Avenue, between 5th and 6th Streets.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 1 year, 3 months
  • Badge 30
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Saturday, January 20, 1923
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

convicted felon, parolee, robbery

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Officer Cruse,
On today, the 100th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S, Army in Europe during World War I.


United States Border Patrol

January 22, 2023

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