Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin Lakeland Police Department, Florida EoW: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin | Lakeland Police Department, FloridaLakeland Police Department, Florida

Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin

Lakeland Police Department, Florida
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 25
Tour of Duty: 1 year, 6 months
Badge Number: 267

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: December 18, 2011
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: In custody

Agency Contact Information

Chief Lisa Womack
Lakeland Police Department
219 N. Massachusetts Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801
Phone: (863) 834-6900

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 three subjects in a closed park and while checking one subject for weapons was shot from behind by another.
A second officer arrived to 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.
Officer Crispin had served with the Lakeland Police Department for 18 months. He is survived by eight siblings.

LAKELAND | Lakeland police Officer Arnulfo Crispin has died.

His body was given a police escort from Lakeland Regional Medical Center shortly before 5 a.m. today. He was taken to an unknown location.

Crispin was shot Sunday night as he searched five men in a park in the 2200 block of Crystal Grove Lane, according to police and court documents. Police have charged Kyle Williams, 19, with his shooting.

Crispin, 25, had been a police officer for 18 months. He began his career at the Lakeland Police Department in June 2010. He attended the Lakeland Police Department Mini-Academy and had finished the Field Training Program.

Since the shooting, an LPD officer has been by Crispin’s side, LPD said. This will continue until after the funeral, including during an autopsy scheduled for today, LPD said.

Police Chief Lisa Womack said during a press conference Tuesday night that Crispin was not expected to survive his injuries.

”He served the community well,” she said. “He will be sorely missed from this day forward.”

Womack said the department is grieving over one of the most tragic events in the department’s history. After the press conference, many officers hugged each other.

Crispin is from Mulberry where he was a standout soccer player at Mulberry High School.

Keri Wise, who grew up next door to Crispin, said she was shocked when she learned about the shooting. Wise now lives in Jacksonville and turned to the Internet to learn about Crispin’s condition.

She said she always remembers his fun and outgoing personality.

“He had this huge smile,” she said. “You always had fun when you were next to him.”

Tuesday afternoon, searchers found a handgun police think may have been the weapon used to shoot Crispin.

The semi-automatic was found in a crawl space at the Crystal Court apartments. The weapon will be sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for testing to get verification whether it was indeed the gun Williams is suspected of using.

Also on Tuesday, Polk County Judge John E. Kirkland denied bail to Williams during a brief first appearance hearing.

The judge appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent him.

Assistant State Attorney John Aguero, who is chief homicide prosecutor, was present for the hearing.

An arraignment hearing for Williams is set for Jan. 24.

Police have said they don’t expect to make further arrests in the case.

[ Information by Ledger reporters Elvia Malagon, Rick Rousos, Jason Geary and Jeremy Maready was used in this report. ]






The Arnulfo Crispin Memorial Fund

The Lakeland Law Enforcement Chaplaincy Corps, Inc. has established the Arnulfo Crispin Memorial Fund for donations in relation to the shooting of Officer Alnulfo Crispin. Donations can be mailed directly to the Lakeland Police Department at the following address:
Lakeland Police Department
C/O Arnulfo Crispin Memorial Fund
219 N. Massachusetts Ave.
Lakeland, FL 33801


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