|First appearance||"Moral Midgetry" (episode 3.08)|
|Last appearance||"-30-" (episode 5.10)|
|Reason/Cause||End of season|
|Episode Count||19 episodes|
|Portrayed by||Gregory L. Williams|
Michael Crutchfield is a Homicide detective portrayed by Gregory L. Williams.
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.
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".
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.
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 McDonalds' 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. When departmental cut backs lead to withholding 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. Crutchfield's last scene is when he arrests Kenard on the murder of Omar.
According to Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets, there was actually a caucasian detective in the Baltimore Police Department homicide division named Michael Crutchfield.
|Police Detectives & Officers|
Jimmy McNulty - Kima Greggs - Bunk Moreland - Lester Freamon - Ellis Carver - Herc Hauk - Roland Pryzbylewski -Leander Sydnor - Beadie Russell - Kenneth Dozerman - Michael Crutchfield - Ed Norris - Eddie Walker - Michael Sentangelo - Bobby Brown - Lloyd Garrick - Caroline Massey - Ray Cole - Vernon Holley