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Fla. Officer Succumbs to Wounds

December 22, 2011  | 

Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin. Photo: LPD
Lakeland Police Officer Arnulfo Crispin. Photo: LPD

A central Florida police officer who was shot in the head while searching a suspect "will not and cannot recover" from his injuries, Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack said during a press conference.

Lakeland Officer Arnulfo Crispin, 25, died Tuesday from wounds suffered Sunday night, when he contacted three suspicious males in a park. After gaining their consent to search them for weapons and drugs, one of the men allegedly shot the officer.

That suspect, 19-year-old Kyle Williams, turned himself in on Monday at the urging of his mother. Williams faces first-degree murder and would be eligible for the death penalty. He had previously been charged with attempted murder, reports Central Florida News 13.

Investigators found a .40-caliber handgun in a crawl space in front of an apartment near the park. The gun is a match to spent cartridges found at the scene.

Officer Crispin had served about 18 months with the Lakeland Police Department, which has about 225 sworn officers.

"Officer Crispin was a young, energetic officer who was dedicated to the profession he chose," Chief Womack said.

Hundreds of fellow officers, family, friends and other well-wishers attended a candlelight vigil for Officer Crispin on Tuesday night.

Comments (3)

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Dep. F. Martinez @ 12/26/2011 4:44 PM

My prayers and condolences to the officers family, friends and colleagues. At the time of the incident, did the officer have a cover officer?

Capt David-Ret LA County @ 12/28/2011 5:18 PM

Real bummer....

janet @ 1/5/2012 8:47 AM

My prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of Officer Crispin. Our fellow Law Enforcement Agencies please call & wait for backup when there is two or more suspects.

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