OFFICER DOWN Arnulfo Crispin
Lakeland Police Department, Florida
End of Watch: Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tour: 1 year, 6 months
Badge # 267
Incident Date: 12/18/2011
Suspect: In custody
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.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Chief Lisa Womack
Lakeland Police Department
219 N. Massachusetts Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33801
Phone: (863) 834-6900