State flags ordered to half-staff to honor Lt. Crook


On Friday, June 2, 2017, Governor Jim Justice (D-WV) issued a proclamation ordering all U.S. and State flags lowered to half staff at all State-owned facilities in Mercer County.  Flags will be lowered from dawn to dusk on Saturday, June 3, 2017 to honor Lt. Aaron Crook of the Bluefield Police Department.

Officers and community members are remembering a Lieutenant who was killed during a police chase in Bluefield on May 30, 2017.  Bluefield resident Danny Culver offers his condolences to the Bluefield Police Department after Lt. Aaron Crook was killed and 3 other officers were injured during a police chase. 

Culver said, “I’ve called for assistance over the years and several times Officer Crook responded to the call.  He was a good guy, good officer.  I hate to see it happen.”

Bluefield Police Chief Dennis Dillow said Lt. Crook made it through all the ranks and was there for 9 years.  He was recently  promoted to Lt. 

Dillow said, “I knew that when I wasn’t here and he was in command that things were just as safe as they could be because he cared about this community and he cared about the people in it.”

Dillow said they plan on having a memorial picture placed on the wall for Lt. Crook at the department.  Dillow said his family is asking for privacy. 

Dillow said, “I would like just to remind everyone to keep his family in your prayers.  Keep the other men that was here that were injured that night in your prayers.  We would like to thank the community for all that they’ve done for us. They’ve been so supportive.  They fed us some has come and cried with us.  They just been very wonderful to us.” 

The other officers who were injured are Officer Joseph Danieley, Officer Mark Filer and West Virginia State Trooper Filer. They have been treated and released and will make a full recovery but Dillow said they will.have a long healing process mentally. 

Officials have also identified the man involved in the fatal police crash.  Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler confirmed that Morgan Walker was the suspect police were pursuing.  Walker is charged with DUI Causing Death With Reckless Disregard and Obstruction.  Walker is being held in the Southern Regional Jail on $50,000 bond.  Funeral arrangements have been announced for Lt. Crook.  Visitation will be on Friday June 2, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. until  8:00 pm at the Brushfork National Guard Armory.  Funeral services will be on Saturday at 11:00 am at the Brushfork National Guard Armory. Burial will take place at Restwood Memorial Park in Hinton .

4:30 p.m. May 31, 2017 UPDATE:

The Bluefield, WV police department has announced the funeral arrangements for Lt. Aaron Crook, who was killed in an accident on Tuesday morning.  

A visitation will be held on Friday, June 2 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Brushfork National Guard Armory in Bluefield, WV.  Funeral services will be on Saturday, June 3 at 11 a.m.  That will also be at the Brushfork armory.  The burial will take place at Restwood Memorial Park in Hinton, WV.

10:30 a.m. May 31, 2017 UPDATE:

Leaders in the City of Bluefield, WV have released the name of a police officer who was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday, May 30.  Lt. Aaron L. Crook was killed in an accident that happened during a police chase.

Lt. Crook was a nine year veteran of the Bluefield Police Department.  He was also a former United States Marine.  

“On behalf of all the citizens of Bluefield, we offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Lt. Aaron Crook, who was killed in the line of duty yesterday,” said Bluefield Mayor Tom Cole.

“This tragedy is another grim reminder that our police officers put their lives on the line every day to protect our community, and we are grateful for their courage and sacrifice,” added police chief Dennis Dillow.

Lt. Crook is survived by his wife and two children.  Memorial services have not yet been arranged.

9:30 p.m. May 30, 2017 UPDATE:

Mercer County Prosecuting Attorney George Sitler confirmed Morgan Smith Walker was the suspect involved in the police chase that killed a Bluefield, WV officer. Walker is being held in the Southern Regional Jail on multiple charges, including DUI causing death with reckless disregard and obstruction. His bond is set at $50,000.

The name of the officer killed during the chase still isn’t being released.

ORIGINAL STORY: Officers with the city of Bluefield West Virginia Police Department are mourning after one of their own was killed and several others were injured on May 30, 2017.  It happened during a police chase.

Bluefield City Manager Dane Rideout said, “We are devastated to learn on the death of one of our police officers.  His tragic passing in the line of duty highlights the grave dangers our men and women in blue face each day.”

A police chase through downtown Bluefield left one police officer dead and three others injured during the early morning hours on Tuesday.  The chase began just after midnight.  It involved four Bluefield West Virginia Police officers and a West Virginia State Trooper.  The suspect lead them down Princeton Avenue from the intersection with Bluefield Avenue to the intersection with Lee Street.  That suspect wasn’t injured and has been arrested.  There is no word on that person’s name or charges.  Bluefield Police Chief Dennis Dillow believes the pursuit was related to a possible DUI.  Out of respect for the fallen officer’s family, Chief Dillow is not releasing the name of the officer killed at this time.  

Dillow said, I would like to remind everyone that these men that were out there last night doing what they do every night.  They have families.  They have friends so please keep that in mind as you maybe meet their family or as you find out who they are.”

Troopers are handling the investigation and are doing an accident re-enactment. 

Chief Dillow said the three other officers who were injured are doing fine.  He said business will go on as usual at the department to keep everyone safe but he’s asking everyone to keep in mind that they lost one of their own today. 

Officials with the city of Bluefield say a Bluefield, WV City Police officer was killed this morning (5/30/17) in a car accident.

The accident happened early this morning. More information will be available around 10 this morning. 

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