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EUPORA, Miss. – (WCBI)Dozens of law enforcement agencies, medics and helicopters raced towards Highway 82 east in Eupora after a high-speed chase ends in tragedy. Eupora police officer,Keith Crenshaw, 52, died after 3 suspects traveling in a black Nissan ran him over. Crenshaw was attempting to slow the chase by setting up a spike strip along the highway.

“The officer was moving away from the spike strip. The driver of the suspect car sees the spike strip and makes an evasive maneuver to avid the spike strip. He avoids the spike strip, maneuvers the same direction in which the officer runs and tragically the officer was struck by the suspect vehicle and killed,” said Mississippi Highway Patrol Sgt. Criss Turnipseed.

The driver then lost control.

“The vehicle continued eastbound on the median and collides right into a light pole, one of the occupants of the vehicle was ejected from the vehicle. That occupant was killed from the ejection. The two other occupants inside the vehicle were seriously injured. One was air lifted from the scene. The other one was taken away in an ambulance,” said Sgt. Turnipseed.

The situation early Wednesday morning in Eupora when authorities got a call about an attempted robbery at CB & S bank.

“The suspect tried to follow an employee in but the employees were alerted by their presence and were able to lock their doors behind them. As a result they did not get in the bank. They traveled to Grenada and participated in some type of activity over there. They had a BOLO out for their Black Nissan. They were spotted in Montgomery County by Highway Patrol,” said Eupora Mayor Dan Burchfield.

Investigators say the suspect then returned to Webster County where the accident happened. Authorities re-directed traffic for several hours as they cleared the scene. Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is now handling the case. Law enforcement officials say Crenshaw’s death is a major blow.

” I heard he was a hard worker. He was a big family man. And that loss is going to be felt deeply here in the Webster County community and across the State. He was a law enforcement officer, he was a brother and we don’t like to lose our brothers,” said Sgt. Turnipseed.

No word on the condition of the suspects injured.


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  • John Callahan

    Prayers for the officer’s family.

  • Gregory Petty

    A fine officer was lost today but never will be forgotten.
    Please keep the family in your prayers.

  • Miranda Porter

    My heart goes out to all those affected by the officer’s death. God Bless.

  • Margaret

    Praying for the officer’s family. Its a damn shame taxpayers will be responsible for the healthcare bill of the others involved.

  • DeAnn Leach

    Thank you all for your kind words. Please know that our family appreciates your thoughts and prayers. From the time he was very young, all Keith ever talked about becoming was a law officer. He leaves behind a grieving father, sister, 6 children and 4 grandchildren, as well as many cousins who will miss him greatly.

  • hikingnut

    Our prayers go out to the 3 sons that had their father taken from them.We feel for your loss Papah Crenshaw. and the City of Eupora

  • Misty Jackson Busby

    Praying for his precious family and the Eupora Police Dept. family. Praying for The Lord’s comfort upon your hearts in this delicate time. Ps. 147:3.

  • Rita Meaders

    My prays are with the family and the town of Eupora!!!
    He was a great friend. He will be missed!!!!

  • Rita Meaders

    My heart is full, when I find out it was Keith, my mind went to his family!!
    He will be Missed!! Town of Eupora and his Family!!!

  • Rita Meaders

    My heart is full right now, Keith was a great man!!! He will be missed!!
    Pray for the family and the Town of Eupora!!!

  • Ed

    Not only will the taxpayers foot the bill for medical expenses, if they go to jail it will continue. I say since the officer was killed, they should face the death sentence…..and get it, not sit on death row for 20 years.
    Come on people, demand justice!

  • Al

    May GOD be with Officer Crenshaw’s family and help them get through this tough time, but they certainly can be proud of him for his service to all the people. And, maybe these thugs who’s healthcare bill the taxpayers will have to pay will turn into a one-way ticket for a nice (unfortunately) painless death for the 2 thugs that probably shouldn’t have been out on the streets anyway!

  • Former Eupora Citizen

    All of you people should go pray and stop judging the one’s responsible for this tragedy. My prayers go out to the Crenshaw Family for their loss. And as far as the taxpayers money goes; the citizens of Eupora and the State of Ms tax money also pay for the officers employment. He did his job and will be missed…and the “thugs” are being judged by the One and Only Qualified Judge….and it is not in ANY court here on this Earth.!

  • Cynthia

    My deepest condolences to Officer Keith Crenshaw’s family, friends, department and communities he served. I pray that the love of the Lord Jesus Christ surround each of you as you pass through this time of grief & sorrow. Hold tight to each other and this storm will pass by remembering his friendship with each of you. Officer Crenshaw’s life touched so many as he lived in and served the people of Eupora and of the State of Mississippi. As a Survivor, I know the heart wrenching pain, the darkness of the day and the need to have the lights on all night. It will pass. I have been there and can promise you it does ease — through your memories of everything Officer Crenshaw did, said and was. Carry on with his life’s desires. Keep his dreams a part of your heritage. Know the pain will ease. It will ease as the memories flood your thoughts. Hold those memories in your heart. You will know he is still close to you as your memories of Officer Crenshaw begins to bring the smile back to your heart and face. Let both smiles show that he is still standing next to you as you live, play, work and serve. He will always be there with you. Always know “Our HEROES will NEVER DIE!”

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