Detective Edward T. Crowley #929

Name: Crowley, Edward T.
Star: 929
Memorial Panel #: #PANEL#
Rank: Detective
District / Unit: Detective Division
End of Watch: 14 July 1950
Incident Details: Detective Edward Crowley, 43, was assigned to the Detective Division.

On July 14, 1950, Detective Edward Crowley and Detective Donald McCormick arrived to the home of Bernice [Bernie] Davis on Maypole to question him. Davis was the suspect in a string of robberies. When the detectives knocked on the door, Davis’ wife answered and told them that her husband was not home. She allowed the officers to enter the home and look around. While in the home, they discovered the suspect in his underwear, hiding in a closet. As Davis finished getting dressed, he walked over to a couch and sat down. While he tied his shoes, he removed a gun from the couch cushion underneath him and fatally shot both officers. A third officer, Name Driscoll, was sitting in the squad car when heard the gunfire break out. The officer ran to the second-floor apartment via the entrance, missing Davis, as he fled from the through the backdoor. Davis found a man sitting in his vehicle near his home and forced him to drive away. Davis was apprehended four hours later, hiding in an apartment. Both officers were transported to County Hospital. They died a short time later.

Bernice [Bernie] Davis, 23, was convicted of the murders of both detectives. Additionally, he was found guilty of murdering a store clerk, rape, and multiple robberies. He was sentenced to be executed in the electric chair. He was executed on October 16, 1952.

Detective Crowley’s funeral mass was held at St. Giles Church and he was laid to rest in All Saints Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, Vesta; and children, Margaret, Vivian, Edward, and Joseph.