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Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin | Lakeland Police Department, Florida Lakeland Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

Arnulfo Crispin

Lakeland Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 25

Tour: 1 year, 6 months

Badge # 267

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 12/18/2011

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Arnulfo Crispin was shot and killed while making contact with suspicious individuals near Crystal Grove Drive at approximately 10:15 pm.

Officer Crispin exited his cruiser to make contact with the three subjects in a closed park and while checking one subject for weapons, was shot from behind by another.

A second officer arrived at the scene seven minutes later and found Officer Crispin unresponsive. He was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he underwent several hours of surgery. He remained in grave condition for two days before succumbing to his wounds.

Twelve agencies responded to search for the suspect, who turned himself in after a ten-hour manhunt. On August 21, 2013, he was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Crispin had served with the Lakeland Police Department for 18 months. He is survived by eight siblings.

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I'll never forget that day December 18, 2011. I was home on vacation and I get a phone call from my roommate and LPD officer telling me you had been shot. He said I'm on my way back from Orlando be ready to roll when I get home. Him and I rolled out to the scene that night to find the punk that shot you and bring him to justice. I was there all night with my brothers and sisters in law enforcement from agencies from all all over. We were hoping and praying it was going to be ok, sadly most of us wouldn't learn until later that you were already watching over us the whole time we searched your killer. Rest In Peace Brother Crispin you are missed but not forgotten.

December 18, 2013


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