Officer John T. Crum

Photo of Officer John T. Crum
End of Watch: Wed, Apr 10th, 1901
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 4 years
Age: 53


His wife and ten children.


Officer Crum was shot and killed while investigating illegal alcohol sales at a local establishment. He had gone to the bar to serve a warrant on the owner for serving alcohol. When he entered the bar four patrons immediately left, leaving only Officer Crum and the owner. A struggle ensued between the two and the suspect shot Officer Crum twice in the chest, killing him.

The man fled the scene but was quickly apprehended. He was convicted of Officer Crum's murder and executed in a public hanging on December 20, 1901.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.


Danville Police Department Patch
410 West Main Street
Danville, Kentucky 40423
(606) 238-1220


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