Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 12 years
Badge # Not available
Incident Date: 1/15/1970
Weapon: Officer's handgun
Suspect: Sentenced to life
Deputy Crampton was shot and killed with his own weapon while he and Deputy Harold Ewald transported two suspects from one facility to another. During the transport, one of the prisoners began slashing Deputy Crampton with a homemade knife. As Deputy Ewald stopped the vehicle, Deputy Crampton attempted to draw his weapon. The suspect then dived into the front seat, grabbed Deputy Crampton's weapon, and began shooting. Deputy Crampton was killed instantly.
The suspect began to flee the scene. Deputy Ewald, who was in plain clothes, pursued him. Deputy Ewald shot the suspect several times. An off duty police officer heard the shots and saw Deputy Ewald pursuing the man with his gun drawn. That officer mistook Deputy Ewald for a suspect and shot him three times.
Deputy Ewald was taken to a local hospital where he recovered from his injuries. However, on December 8, 1970, Deputy Ewald suffered a fatal heart attack while on duty at the juvenile detention center. Doctors attributed the heart attack to the stress of being shot and losing his partner.
The suspect, who disappeared, was located six years later in a jail in London, England. In 1978 he was extradited back to Michigan where on March 3, 1979, he was convicted of first degree and sentenced to life in prison.
Deputy Crampton had been with the agency for 12 years and was survived by his wife, son, daughter, and seven grandchildren.
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Deputy Sheriff Harold C. Ewald