Sergeant Harrison Crenshaw, Jr.

Sergeant Harrison Crenshaw, Jr.

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, May 18, 1974

Harrison Crenshaw, Jr.

Sergeant Harrison Crenshaw was shot and killed during a traffic stop of a known criminal near the intersection of NW 23rd Avenue and 89th Street.

During the traffic stop the suspect produced a handgun and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, Sergeant Crenshaw was shot once in the chest, but his badge stopped the round. Another shot struck him in the chest, killing him. The suspect was arrested but committed suicide in jail several days later.

The shooting occurred in the front lawn of Police Officer Simmons Arrington, who was hosting a barbecue at the time. Officer Arrington was shot and killed in the line of duty three days later during an unrelated call.

Sergeant Crenshaw was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had been with the Metro-Dade Police Department for six years. He was survived by his wife, two children, father, two brothers, and two sisters.

Bio

  • Age 33
  • Tour 6 years
  • Badge 699
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

traffic stop

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Just incredible forty plus years after his murder by a convicted felon, I still remember Sgt. H. Crenshaw like this incident just occurred. I will never forget his presentation he made to PAD 62; he sat on the edge of the desk, his black boots shined, his jeans had a crease that you could see a mile away, he had the whitest teeth I have ever seen. He manifested true professionalism. I can not believe he is gone, still some 40 years later. I will never forget him.

Mike Kahn, Sgt. Metro 1972-97
Metro dade

May 8, 2018

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