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Deputy Sheriff Frank Crampton | Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department, Michigan Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

Deputy Sheriff

Frank Crampton

Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Thursday, January 15, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 60

Tour: 12 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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
Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Tuesday, December 8, 1970
Cause: Heart attack

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Your memory will always be honored and revered as time never diminishes respect. I pray for solace for all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 15, 2012


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