Incident DetailsCause of Death:
Town Marshal Columbus Croy was shot and killed after responding to a burglary in progress.
He was at home asleep when he was alerted to a burglary at the Faulkner Saloon, 500 feet from his residence. As he approached the establishment one of the suspects ordered him to stop. Marshal Croy continued to walk towards him when the suspect opened fire. He returned fire but was struck in the heart and mortally wounded.
The suspects fled and hopped on a nearby train headed towards Chicago or Detroit. All four suspects were later apprehended and convicted of first-degree murder. In a retrial in 1911, the shooter was resentenced to 10 to 20 years for burglary and paroled the next year. Two other offenders were sentenced to three years and paroled. The fourth offender was sentenced to two to four years and died in prison.
Town Marshal Croy was survived by his wife, 10- and 14-year-old daughters and sister.