Michael James Crawshaw

Michael James Crawshaw, an officer with the Penn Hills Police Department, was shot and killed on December 6, 2009, after responding to a call at a home where gunshots had been heard. Crawshaw was the first officer on the scene.

In the home, Danyal Morton had been killed over a drug debt. When the shooter, Ronald Robinson, left the home, he saw Crawshaw and shot him while Crawshaw waited for backup officers. Robinson fled but was arrested soon after.

Robinson was convicted of first-degree murder for killing Morton and second degree murder for killing Crawshaw, and received two life sentences.

Author: Bill Lofquist

I am a sociologist and death penalty scholar at the State University of New York at Geneseo. I am also a Pittsburgh native. My present research focuses on the history of the death penalty in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pa. This website is dedicated to collecting, analyzing, and sharing information about all Allegheny County cases in which a death sentence was imposed. Please share any questions or comments, errors or omissions, or other matters of interest related to these cases or to the broader history of the death penalty in Allegheny County.

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