Corporal James Eddie Crump

Corporal James Eddie Crump

Fayette Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Saturday, June 7, 2003

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James Eddie Crump

Corporal James Crump and Officer Arnold Strickland were shot and killed at 0530 hours when a suspect grabbed the service weapon of one of the officers and opened fire.

The officers were booking the suspect at the police department for operating a stolen vehicle when the incident occurred. Besides killing both officers, the suspect also shot and killed Dispatcher Leslie "Ace" Mealer, who was in the dispatcher's office at the time. The suspect then stole a patrol car and fled the scene. He was apprehended three hours later by deputies from the Lowndes County, Mississippi Sheriff's Office. The suspect was convicted of capital murder and was sentenced to death on October 6, 2005.

The Fayette, Alabama Police Department is a 14-person law enforcement agency.

Corporal Crump had 10 years of law enforcement experience and had served with the Fayette Police Department for two and a half years. He is survived by his son.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 109

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to death

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Crump, I miss you , even tho you had left Hamilton it's still your home place,before you left y'all had the best police dept,Hamilton has ever had and that goes until right this day .I remember the night shift had the best officers to ever work here, and Marion co had the best to ever work there, you n e.hall n p king n b Palmer n s blalock were the truly best ,people knew they were going to be treated fair n could talk to you guys on night shift about things going on n y'all listened .my best memory was the night those Ol Miss cheerleaders van broke down and it was a hot night for winter ,the mechanic took forever to get there he was towing cars involved in a 3 car wreck just out of Hamilton n y'all loaded those gals up took them to get food n to police station n y'all let me ride along I remember 1 of them calling their boyfriend n telling him they were making Alabama fans become ol miss fans you said no there's nothing going to change us to make us ol,rebel fans n you turned around n saw your partner getting a kiss on the cheek n unsaid well at least for me anyway n you laughed so hard , you guys were lady killers, all,the lady's loved 3rd shift bc y'all were the best to everyone n now it's like no one likes the police here they don't speak to the citizens unless it's a hateful tone and they don't wave or take time to say hello ,you guys would be eating at McDonald's or pizza hut and every one wanted to talk to y'all or sit at y'alls table bc y'all showed that you were same as every one else n just good people persons they don't have that now they have bad attitudes n poor relations w people , poor leadership ,they are afraid of each other and what might be said bc of things they done n now others know it n it's like they don't have trust among themselves n each other ,telling stuff on one another n that's one thing you guys had that every one in Hamilton knew , if you needed your partners they were there n you guys knew it I learned a lot from just being around night shift w y'all well ol pal I just wanted to say hello again I drove thru cemetery to check on family's flowers n saw yours n opened up this page to say I miss you rest easy in heaven big guy you earned it

Self employed friend
Didn't work in law enforcement

June 11, 2019

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