Town Marshal
Columbus Lafayette Croy
Woodburn Police Department
Friday, June 7, 1907

Age: 44
Served: 6 years
Badge #:
Panel 16E, Line 18
Panel L15, Line 4

Incident Details

Cause of Death:
Date/Time of Incident:
Friday, June 7, 1907
01:00 am
Incident to Death Duration:
Same day
Incident Location:
Union Street north of Main Street, Woodburn
Incident County:
Incident Township:
Weapon Used:
.44-caliber handgun
Suspect Disposition:
• Paroled in 1912
• Paroled
• Paroled
• Died in prison
Burial Place:
IOOF Cemetery, New Haven

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   Town Marshal Columbus Croy was shot and killed after responding to a burglary in progress at the Faulkner Saloon, 500 feet from his residence.

   He was at home asleep when he was alerted to the burglary and as he approached the establishment one of the four suspects ordered him to stop. As Marshal Croy continued to walk towards him the man opened fire and mortally wounded him in the heart.

   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.

   After being granted a new trial on appeal in 1910, the 31-year-old shooter later pleaded guilty to burglary, was sentenced to 10 to 20 years in prison and paroled in 1912.

   Two other offenders, ages 40 and 44, were sentenced to three years in prison and paroled. The 51-year-old fourth offender, who had previously served as town marshal, was sentenced to two to four years in prison and died while incarcerated in 1911. 

   Town Marshal Croy was survived by his wife, 10- and 14-year-old daughters and sister.

Historical Note

Town marshals were elected to unlimited, two-year terms until 1917 when state law was amended to require they be appointed to office by the trustees of the town board.

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