Officer Jason Crisp United States Department of Agriculture – Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government End of Watch: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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Officer Jason Crisp

United States Department of Agriculture – Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government
End of Watch: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Biographical Info

Age:
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: March 12, 2014
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Agency Contact Information

United States Department of Agriculture – Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations
1621 N Kent Street
Suite 1015
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: (703) 605-4690

Officer Jason Crisp was shot and killed in Burke County, North Carolina, while participating in the manhunt for a subject who had murdered his parents.
Officers from several agencies were searching for the subject after the bodies of his parents were located in their home in the 5000 block of Fish Hatchery Road. The man had previously served one year in prison on a manslaughter charge for a murder he committed in 1997.
Officer Crisp and several other officers located the subject in the area of Fish Hatchery Road and Pea Ridge Road and were fired upon. Officer Crisp was fatally wounded during the exchange of gunfire.
The subject then stole Officer Crisp’s service weapon and extra magazines before fleeing further into the woods. He was located by other officers a short time later and was shot and killed when he opened fire on them.
Officer Crisp is survived by his wife and two children.

BURKE COUNTY, N.C. —

A trail of violence led to the murder of this dedicated officer and his dog.
Jason Crisp was the U.S. Forest Service officer who died while trying to track down murder suspect Troy Whisnant.

The day started with a tragic double homicide.   
At about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, deputies were called for a welfare check at a home on Fish Hatchery Lane.
They found Levi and Rhonda Whisnant, Troy Whisnant’s father and stepmother dead inside.
Deputies started looking for Whisnant and said he possibly stole two cars including a blue wrecker that he crashed in the woods nearby.
Then, a homeowner called deputies and said a man was hiding in his shed on the same street.
Officers rushed to the home and about 10 minutes later deputies said Troy Whisnant shot and killed Crisp and his dog.
The State Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are on the scene investigating the two separate shootings in Burke County.
Officers are still in shock after a Crisp was ambushed and killed in the line of duty by a double-murder suspect.
Five hours after the shooting, fellow officers with the U.S Forest Service followed the ambulance carrying the body of Crisp and his dog Maros down the road where the two had been shot and killed.
Channel 9 was a quarter-mile away when the shots rang out along Fish Hatchery Road and Chopper 9 flew over the chaotic scene near the home where the shooter had been hiding.
Sheriff Steve Whisnant radioed Chopper 9 for help looking for the shooter and the downed officer.
On the ground below, Burke County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Rick Hasson was feet away from the gunfire and had spoken to Crisp minutes earlier when he heard the call “Officer down.”
"It sends a bad chill,” he said. “It’s no good all the way around. All I heard was one shot.”
Whisnant was on the run.
Eddie McDaniels spotted Whisnant running from the shed behind his home and into the woods Wednesday afternoon and alerted police.
"There’s a window you can see and I guess he saw me coming out," McDaniels said. "I was taking out some trash and I heard the door slam and he come running out the building and took off that way. I called 911 and they were here in about three minutes."
Crisp started tracking Whisnant with his dog and 10 minutes later he was shot and killed.  
Deputies from across the foothills and the mountains came to Burke County to help in the manhunt.
Shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday there were more shots fired.
Minutes later, officers had shot and killed Whisnant.
The sheriff said Whisnant was armed at the time, possibly taking the weapons belonging to Crisp and arming himself during an earlier break-in.

Suspect’s criminal history
Channel 9 learned this isn’t the first time Whisnant has killed someone. He was arrested in 1996 in connection with another homicide in Burke County.
He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in 1997.
He was sentenced to a maximum of three years in prison, but only served one.
Also, Channel 9 was there in 2002, when police arrested Whisnant on robbery charges.
He broke into a home when the homeowner showed up and held a gun on Whisnant until officers arrived.

Stay with wsoctv.com for the latest on this developing story.

Fallen officer

A law enforcement community is mourning Crisp, who was a husband and father and who lost his life protecting others.

The United States flag is half-mast at his post in Nebo.

Crisp was a decorated officer who spent 10 years with the U.S Forestry Division.

His dog Maros was always by his side and the two have rescued children from the woods.
Last year, they helped crews as they battled a massive wildfire in Burke County.
Crisp was using his highly-trained dog to track down Whisnant as he was hiding in the woods.

Maros found Whisnant who was waiting in ambush where he shot and killed Crisp and Maros and stole Crisp’s gun.

But neighbors hope it’s not Crisp’s tragic end and that he’s remembered by it is his heroic actions, every day that makes the community better and safer.

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