Deputy Bobby Joe McCrary

Deputy Bobby Joe McCrary

Rankin County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Monday, August 28, 1995

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Bobby Joe McCrary

Deputy Bobby McCrary was stabbed to death after making a traffic stop of a stolen vehicle.

He had just received a radio transmission with a description of the stolen vehicle and began to follow it. Deputy McCrary was following the vehicle and waiting for other deputies to arrive when the suspect suddenly stopped and ran towards his patrol car with a butcher's knife. He was able to radio in what was happening, but the suspect began to stab him before he was able to exit his patrol car.

He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The suspect in the case was an escapee from a local drug treatment center.

Deputy McCrary is survived by his wife, son, two daughters, and three grandchildren.


  • Age 57
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge R35

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Not available

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Uncle Bobby, I think of you often and have over the years. I accompanied Lora recently, to view the road sign (BOBBY McCRARY MEMORIAL DRIVE) which was displayed upon naming the road in your memory. I never had the opportunity to see it before now. I recall that you left us all only a couple of months following my mother's passing, that June. I remember thinking that if my mother had still been alive at that time ... the horrible attack on you, would have surely taken an overwhelming toll on her. You were always special to her because of your childhood health issues. I have to agree with Nancy and others that - time does not seem to change the sadness from being long ago or yesterday ... it's all the same and especially for your 'immediate' family members left, without you. Just know that you are still missed, loved and thought of often.

CSO/FHP retired
Sharon Niece

June 22, 2017

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