Deputy Sheriff Ollie Crosswhite

Photo of Deputy Sheriff Ollie Crosswhite
End of Watch: Sat, Jan 2nd, 1932
Date of Incident: Not Known
Cause of Death: Gunfire (Intentional)
Service Time: 10 years
Age: 42

Survivors

He was survived by his wife, four sons, two daughters and his mother.

Incident

Deputy Crosswhite was shot and killed as he attempted to enter a farmhouse in search of two suspects.

Deputy Crosswhite had served in law enforcement for 10 years He served as constable in Polk county for five years, as Ash Grove city marshal for two years and as Greene County Deputy Sheriff for three years. Two brothers considered local petty burglars killed a total of seven Law Enforcement Officers. After they killed Town Marshal Mark Noe on June 2, 1929, a massive manhunt began for the suspects. The two suspects were located at the family farmhouse on January 2, 1932. They had come to town to visit their mother for the Christmas holiday. A raiding party of eleven officers was formed to arrest the two brothers. As the officers surrounded the farmhouse gunfire erupted and in the end six officers lay dead.

The suspects escaped, and fled to Texas. They were located there by Houston Police and as police moved in the two suspects committed suicide.

Information obtained from the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Agency

Greene County Sheriff's Office Patch
1010 N Boonville Avenue
Springfield, Missouri 65802
(417) 868-4040

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