From Press & Staff Reports
JACKSON — Last year, seven Mississippi officers were killed in the line of duty, making the Magnolia State one of the five deadliest states in the nation for law enforcement officers.
“We owe a debt of honor and remembrance to these seven officers,” said Shannon Fuller with the Mississippi Center for Police & Sheriffs.
Traffic-related fatalities were the leading cause of officer fatalities in 2013, killing 46 officers.
“On average, every 57 hours another officer dies in the line of duty in America. We have a debt to remember these seven officers from Mississippi who died in the line of duty in 2013,” said Michael Guest, the district attorney for Madison and Rankin counties.
Mississippi law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty in 2013 included Eupora Cpl. Keith Crenshaw, who was struck and killed Oct. 23 while deploying a spike strip during a pursuit on U.S. 82 at the exit to Mississippi 9.
Three Orlando, Fla., men who were wanted in connection with an attempted bank robbery in Eupora and an armed robbery in Grenada had led officers on a high-speed chase. As they approached, they swerved into the median, fatally striking Crenshaw and crashing into a utility pole base.
One subject in the car was killed and another died the next day. The other, Brandon Johnson (formerly of Eupora), was taken into custody and remains in the Grenada County Jail charged with the armed robbery of Grenada’s Speedee Cash.
Crenshaw, 52, had served the Eupora Police Department for 10 years.
Fallen Officer Memorial Services
For eight years, the nonprofit Mississippi Center for Police & Sheriffs has organized the state’s Police Memorial and TOP COP luncheon each May 15 at the Mississippi Trade Mart. The center also provides professional development training to law enforcement officers and operates Joyce’s Hope Home, which serves abused, runaway, neglected and at-risk girls.
During National Police Week, May 12-16, local services are held by the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics; G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veteran’s Administration Medical Center police; the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks; the Jackson Police Department, the Mississippi attorney general’s office and the Mississippi Police Chiefs Association.
Police memorial events around the state this week include(d):
- Tuesday, May 13: Attorney General Jim Hood joined the Mississippi Chiefs of Police in hosting the fourth annual “Mississippi Fallen Law Enforcement Officers’ Candlelight Vigil” in downtown Jackson.
- Today, May 15: 9 a.m.: Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks hosts the annual Fallen Officers’ Memorial Service at MDWFP headquarters, 1505 Eastover Drive in Jackson.
- 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Police Memorial and Appreciation TOP COP service at the Trade Mart. To contribute, call Shannon Fuller at 601-665-6947 or send donations to the Mississippi Center for Police & Sheriffs, P.O. Box 1201, Raymond MS 39154.
- 2 p.m.: Wreath laying at the state’s Law Enforcement Memorial on the Capitol Complex.
This article includes reporting by Therese Apel of The Clarion-Ledger.