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Trooper James Bradford-Jean Crooks | Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

Trooper

James Bradford-Jean Crooks

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, May 19, 1998

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 9 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Semi-automatic

Offender: Committed suicide

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Trooper James Crooks was shot and killed while he was involved in a chase of a suspect who had just killed two Tampa detectives, Detectives Randy Bell and Ricky Childers.

Trooper Crooks was attempting to stop the suspect who had car-jacked another driver when gunfire erupted. Trooper Crooks was struck in the head before exiting his cruiser. The suspect then fled the scene and holed up in a gas station for several hours before committing suicide.

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Detective Ricky Joe Childers
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End of Watch: Tuesday, May 19, 1998
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Trooper Crooks, it doesn't seem like it's been 18 years. I remember as if it was yesterday. I came through the intersection maybe twenty minutes earlier. When I got home in Dade City the radio DJ said the intersection was closed due to "police activity". I turned the TV and they were showing the news. I cried when they said what happened.

Please continue watching over your FHP brothers and sisters.

Jimmy Russ
Citizen
November 17, 2016

 

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