LAKELAND, FLA. — In a press conference on Tuesday night, Lakeland Police Chief Lisa Womack announced that Officer Arnulfo Crispin, shot in the line of duty late Sunday night, will not survive his critical wound.
After officers combed the area of Crystal Lake for nearly 10 hours, Kyle Williams, 19, was arrested Monday morning outside an apartment complex in the Crystal Lake area charged with attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement official. 25-year-old Officer Crispin underwent several hours of surgery early Monday at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.
Bay News 9 reports that Crispin died overnight and his is body was escorted from the hospital shortly before 5 a.m.
According to a newly released police report and cfnews.com, witnesses said Williams shot Crispin in the head while the officer was conducting a pat-down search after responding to a call on Crystal Grove Drive in Lakeland. Police said in an affidavit on Tuesday that the officer was performing his duties in a marked police car and in uniform when he radioed communication about spotting three suspicious individuals.
A candle light vigil will be held for the officer on Wednesday night in front of the Lakeland Police Department. A public viewing and visitation will be held Monday night at Resurrection Catholic Church in South Lakeland and the official funeral is scheduled for Tuesday morning at Victory Church