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Michael Crutchfield is a veteran homicide detective.


Crutchfield is an African American detective in the homicide unit whose name is mentioned earlier in the series but who does not appear on screen until season three.

Season 3Edit

He was the primary detective at the murder that took place in Major Colvin's "free zone" and withheld the investigation at Colvin's request. Colvin then helped create a "dunker" case having his suspect turned in after threatening the drug dealers in the "free zone".

Season 4Edit

In Season four, Crutchfield played a bigger role appearing with Vernon Holley getting an identification of Omar Little as a murder suspect from Old Face Andre. When Bunk Moreland wanted to re-examine the case, Crutchfield displayed his anger over Bunk wanting to reverse one of his clearances. Crutchfield then promised to reverse a clearance of Bunk's as payback for going back on a solved case. When Ellis Carver left a message for Bunk, Crutchfield deliberately threw it away, causing a lengthy delay in the discovery of the bodies being left all over the City by the Stanfield Organization. Crutchfield ended season four investigating murders at the hands of the Stanfield Organization.

Season 5Edit

In season five Crutchfield remains with Sergeant Jay Landsman's homicide squad. Crutchfield helps Bunk to manipulate a confession from DeShawn Williams. Crutchfield buys Monell, another involved party, a McDonlads' meal and parades the boy in front of Bunk's interrogation room to lead Bunk's suspect to believe his friend had turned against him.[1][2] When departmental cut backs lead to witholding of overtime Crutchfield secures part time work as a security guard to replace his lost pay. Crutchfield is assigned a triple homicide case and partnered with Detective Kima Greggs. The victims are Junebug, his wife and bodyguard and Crutchfield notes that the killing was a professional hit.[3]


Crutchfield is played by Gregory L. Williams. According to Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, there was actually an African American detective in the Baltimore Police Department homicide division named Michael Crutchfield.


Season three

Season four

Season five


  1. Character profile - Detective Michael Crutchfield. HBO (2008). Retrieved on 2008-01-14.
  2. "More with Less". Joe Chappelle, Writ. David Simon (story and teleplay), Ed Burns (story). The Wire. HBO. 2008-01-06. No. 1, season 5.
  3. "Unconfirmed Reports". Ernest Dickerson, Writ. William F. Zorzi (story and teleplay), David Simon (story). The Wire. HBO. 2008-01-13. No. 2, season 5.

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