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Trooper Howard M. Crumley | Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma


Howard M. Crumley

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma

End of Watch: Sunday, June 28, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 34

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 250

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Trooper Howard Crumley was shot and killed with his own service revolver while making a traffic stop of a speeding car.

Unbeknownst to Trooper Crumley, the two brothers who were in the car had just murdered another man before being pulled over. As Trooper Crumley searched one of the suspects on the hood of his patrol car the second suspect confronted him with a weapon and disarmed him of his service revolver. One of the suspects then shot him and the two fled.

The suspects abducted a couple a short time later and began to drive around the area. After releasing the male hostage they forced the female hostage to continue driving. At some point one of the brother's committed suicide and the other brother forced the woman to drive him to a hospital.

After leaving the hospital the pair were followed by a security guard. When the suspect went into the home of another brother the security guard contacted the female and then contacted police, who arrested the man at the location. The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. He was denied parole in December 2014. His next parole hearing is in December 2017.

Trooper Crumley had served with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for five years. He was survived by his wife and three sons.

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I just emailed my “NO PAROLE LETTER” on behalf of Trooper Crumley’s family. Jennifer even sent me an email confirmation that she will give it to the parole board members.
I am so very sorry for your loss; that you have to keep reliving through these parole hearings. Trooper Crumley, THANK YOU for your service and sacrifice. You are forever a HERO! God Bless you all!

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Wife of Corrections Deputy
December 8, 2017


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