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Lieutenant Danny P. Elkins | Yuma Police Department, Arizona Yuma Police Department, Arizona

Lieutenant

Danny P. Elkins

Yuma Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 4, 1995

Bio & Incident Details

Age: Not available

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Lieutenant Danny Elkins and Sergeant Michael Crowe of the Arizona Department of Public Safety were shot and killed after they, and a third officer, went to their headquarters to check on paperwork in reference to missing evidence. All three officers were unarmed.

While in the building the suspect shot and killed Sergeant Crowe and Lieutenant Elkins. The third officer escaped unharmed and summoned backup. A Yuma County deputy was charged with both murders. Sergeant Crowe and Lieutenant Elkins were the suspect's immediate supervisors in the Southwest Border Alliance.

On April 30th, 1997, the suspect was convicted of two counts of first degree murder and sentenced to two consecutive life terms plus 40 years.

Lieutenant Elkins was survived by his wife, daughter, and son.

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Sergeant Michael Lynn Crowe
Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona
End of Watch: Tuesday, July 4, 1995
Cause: Gunfire

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I believe in my heart...that Danny and Mike knew, his SBA brothers did everything they could do for them. I am proud of all of you. The Fourth of July has never been the same for me.....and never will I forget or forgive. RIP brothers.....and thanks Danny, for asking me to come back... to the job and friends, I cared for the most.

Special Agent
ICE (retired)
August 13, 2016

 

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