Deputy Sheriff Dewayne Crenshaw Tippah County Sheriff’s Department Mississippi End of Watch: Friday, December 3, 2010

Photograph: Deputy Sheriff Dewayne CrenshawPatch image: Tippah County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Deputy Sheriff Dewayne Crenshaw
Tippah County Sheriff’s Department
Mississippi

End of Watch: Friday, December 3, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 62
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: T-5

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Friday, December 3, 2010
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Charged with capital murder

Deputy Sheriff Dewayne Crenshaw was shot and killed after responding to a call of a domestic dispute at a home on County Road 500.
Deputy Crenshaw and another deputy responded to a domestic dispute at approximately 4:00 am in a rural area near Ripley. When they arrived at the scene they encountered a male subject outside. As they made contact with the man Deputy Crenshaw was fatally shot.
The suspect was arrested and charged with capital murder.
Deputy Crenshaw was a U.S. military veteran and had served as a patrol deputy for the Tippah County Sheriff’s Department for seven years. He had previously served as a detention officer with the agency.
He is survived by his wife, four children, and one stepchild. One of his sons also works for the department.

Agency Contact Information
Tippah County Sheriff’s Department
205 W Spring Street
Ripley, MS 38663
Phone: (662) 837-9336
Please contact the Tippah County Sheriff’s Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

RIPLEY, Miss. (WTVA) — Just after 4:00 a.m. two sheriff’s deputies responded to a disturbance call on County Road 500.
Investigators say a confrontation between deputy Dewayne Crenshaw and suspect Franklin Fitzpatrick of Pontotoc ended in the deputies death.
Fitzpatrick, was arrested and is now charged with capital murder.
"Deputy Crenshaw was fatally wounded," says Jason Willis, Investigator, Tippah County Sheriff’s Office. "A struggle ensued afterwards and the suspect was placed into custody."
For now ribbons have been set up in locations around the Sheriff’s Department building and in town to honor the memory of a man who paid the ultimate sacrifice while on duty.
"Anytime you lose an officer," adds Willis. "It’s devasting on the department especially one our size as small as we are. We’re close knit and it’s just a devasting situation right now."
This marks the first time since the 1940’s when a member of law enforcement has been fatally shot on active duty in Tippah County when a Constable fell victim when responding to a call.
"I’ve been in law enforcement for 12 years," adds Willis. "This is the first time I lost a fellow officer that I was close to.  We’ve had calls from all over the state this morning."
Deputy Crenshaw, had been a patrol man for just over seven years and leaves behind a wife, four children and a step-child.
A fund has been set up in his name at banks in Tippah County and the surrounding area.
"They can make donations to the Deputy Dewayne Crenshaw memorial fund," adds Willis.  "That’s at any Regions Bank in Tippah County."
The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations is assisting the Tippah County Sheriff’s Department with the investigation.

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1 Response to “Deputy Sheriff Dewayne Crenshaw Tippah County Sheriff’s Department Mississippi End of Watch: Friday, December 3, 2010”


  1. 1 Sandy Crenshaw December 23, 2010 at 14:35

    I love you daddy, you will be forever missed…. Sandy


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