UPDATE: Tippah County Deputy shot dead; suspect in custody

By Staff and wire report

RIPLEY — A Tippah County sheriff’s deputy has been shot and killed and a suspect is in custody.

Sheriff’s investigator Jason Willis said Deputy Dewayne Crenshaw was fatally wounded about 4 a.m. while responding to a disturbance call with other deputies in Ripley.

Willis identified the suspected shooter as 26-year-old Franklin Fitzpatrick of Pontotoc.

The law enforcment agency is “torn up” over Crenshaw’s death, said Chief Deputy Roy Shappley.

“We’re a small department. When you lose somebody like that it’s really tough,” Shappley said Friday. “He was a really good man. A real good deputy. People like him.”

Jon Kalahar, spokesman for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, said Fitzpatrick has been charged with capital murder. Kalahar said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation.

Kalahar said Fitzpatrick likely wouldn’t make a court appearance before Monday.

The Police Benevolent Association will establish the Deputy Dewayne Crenshaw Memorial Fund at Regions Bank. All contributions are tax deductable, and all proceeds will go to the family, Ripley Police Chief Scott White said Friday morning. Those with questions may contact Police Investigator Scott Watson at the Ripley Police Department.

Crenshaw, 62, was a retired U. S. Army Master Sergeant who earned several Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star in Vietnam. He had worked for the sheriff’s department for several years as a deputy and jailor. His son, Adam, works for the Sheriff’s Department as a jailor.

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