Corporal James Eddie Crump

Corporal James Eddie Crump

Fayette Police Department, Alabama

End of Watch Saturday, June 7, 2003

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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Hey brother, it seems like yesterday i was 9 years old and my dad would drop me off at your house so you could watch me and my brother. And you would cut grass with my dad all the time during the day till you went into work at the police dept... its hard for a 9 year old to comprehend something like that.. my dad always told me you needed to go to heaven to protect everyone up there.. well guess what brother! Im 24 now and fallowing in your footsteps as a police officer! Every day i put that badge on i think of you. Rest in peace brother, me and my family will always love you.

Officer Mathew Coley
Parrish police dept

August 19, 2018

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