Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin

Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin

Lakeland Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, December 21, 2011

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Arnulfo Crispin

Officer Arnulfo Crispin was shot and killed while making contact with suspicious individuals near Crystal Grove Drive at approximately 10:15 pm.

Officer Crispin exited his cruiser to make contact with the three subjects in a closed park and while checking one subject for weapons, was shot from behind by another.

A second officer arrived at the scene seven minutes later and found Officer Crispin unresponsive. He was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he underwent several hours of surgery. He remained in grave condition for two days before succumbing to his wounds.

Twelve agencies responded to search for the suspect, who turned himself in after a ten-hour manhunt. On August 21, 2013, he was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life.

Officer Crispin had served with the Lakeland Police Department for 18 months. He is survived by eight siblings.

Bio

  • Age 25
  • Tour 1 year, 6 months
  • Badge 267

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Sunday, December 18, 2011
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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The Final Inspection

The policeman stood and faced his God. Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek? To My church have you been true?”

The policeman squared his shoulders and said, “No, Lord, I guess I ain’t. Because those of us who carry badges can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays, and at times my talk was rough; and sometimes I’ve been violent, because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny that wasn’t mine to keep…though I’ve worked a lot of overtime when the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help, though at times I shook with fear; and sometimes, God forgive me, I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.

If you’ve a place for me here, Lord, it needn’t be so grand. I never expected or had too much, but if you don’t…I’ll understand.”

There was silence all around the throne where the saints had often trod. As the policeman waited quietly for the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, policeman, you’ve borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on Heaven’s streets, you’ve done your time in hell.”

Rest Easy Crispin, you were a great young man and not forgotten

Katrina Pruitt
Deputy's wife

Katrina Pruitt

September 10, 2019

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