Officer David H. Crowther

Officer David H. Crowther

End of Watch: 

October 12, 1923

Age: 45
Salt Lake City Police Department
Homicide: Handgun

Officer David H. Crowther was shot to death by a transient. 

When Officer Crowther failed to return home from patrol the previous night, a search was begun. At 10:00 a.m., the body of Officer Crowther was found on a bank of the Jordan River, three blocks from his home. He had been shot once in the head with a .32-caliber pistol. His vehicle, handgun and watch were missing. On Oct. 16, three men driving Officer Crowther’s bloodstained vehicle were arrested in Ludlow, California. The men were extradited to Utah, charged, tried, and found guilty of robbery and murder. Two of the men were eventually paroled. The suspect who shot Officer Crowther was executed at Utah State Prison in 1926. Officer Crowther was married and the father of three children. He is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery. His nephew, Leonard C. Crowther, would rise through the ranks to become police chief. 

The bronze memorial name plaque of Officer David H. Crowther is sponsored by the Salt Lake City Honorary Colonels.

Fallen Officers