By Russell Hood
The Webster Progress-Times
The Eupora community is mourning Wednesday morning’s death of a city police officer who was killed while attempting to stop a car involved in a high-speed pursuit on U.S. 82.
Veteran Officer Keith Crenshaw of the Eupora Police Department was struck and killed by the fleeing car, Mayor Dan Burchfield confirmed.
One of the three men in the car was also killed at the scene and two others were injured. Their vehicle matched the description of a car that fled after an apparent attempted robbery at Eupora’s CB&S Bank just before 8 a.m. Wednesday.
This report of what happened Wednesday morning is based upon preliminary information released by the mayor, plus police scanner traffic:
The two hooded men who attempted to enter CB&S Bank fled the scene in a black Nissan Altima. They were later spotted at the holdup of a check-cashing business in Grenada. The Mississippi Highway Patrol, after receiving a “BOLO” for the car, spotted it on U.S. 82 in Montgomery County. The MHP followed in surveillance mode.
At approximately the Webster County line, the suspects saw a Webster County Sheriff’s Department car and started a high-speed chase in excess of 75 miles an hour.
As the car neared the city limits at U.S. 82 and Mississippi 9 about 10:15 a.m., Crenshaw deployed spike strips across the highway per protocol and training. While Crenshaw was away from the strips in the median, the car’s driver tried to avoid the strips, ran off into the median just west of the Eupora exit and hit Crenshaw, who was fatally injured.
The car hit a light pole and one person was ejected. Of the three men inside, one died, another was airlifted to North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, and the other was treated and released at NMMC-Eupora. The car had a Florida license plate.
Multiple law enforcement agencies, Emergency Medical Services, the Eupora Fire Department and Fire & Rescue were at the accident scene. The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was assisting and no additional information was available as of publication
Crenshaw, 52, was the father of six.
“We are seeking to assist the family in any way possible,” Burchfield said Wednesday afternoon.