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Flashlight beating prompts deputy's arrest

Michael D. Crumpler Michael D. Crumpler
Sheriff Burnett Sheriff Burnett
Trooper Jean Dark Trooper Jean Dark

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - New information is surfacing about the arrest and termination last week of a Van Zandt County Sheriff's Deputy.

According to an arrest warrant issued by the Texas Rangers, Michael D. Crumpler is charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant.

According to officials, Van Zandt County Sheriff's Deputy Crumpler and another officer responded to a 9-1-1 call on November 28 at the home of a sixteen-year old male.

"At some point in their contact with the juvenile, the investigator allegedly struck the juvenile in the back of the head, which caused an injury to the juvenile that was requiring medical attention," said Trooper Jean Dark with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Crumpler allegedly used his flashlight and hit the juvenile in the head.

"After the call, I had contact with Officer Crumpler, and he said there was some force used, and I said, "Fill out a use of force form." That was the first red flag that wasn't done," said Van Zandt County Sheriff Pat Burnett. "The next day, it was brought to my attention that excessive force was used. I then viewed the video. I immediately suspended the officer."

Sheriff Burnett called in the Texas Rangers to investigate the incident.

"The ranger conducted the investigation, contacted us about what his outcome was, and at that point of time we contacted Officer Crumpler and fired him, or terminated his employment with the Van Zandt County Sheriff's office," Burnett said.

Crumpler was arrested and released on $10,000 bond on December 21.

Burnett says he called in the Texas Rangers so the investigation would remain impartial.

"The Van Zandt County Sheriff's office, as long as I am behind this desk, as long as I am the head of this agency, will be transparent. You can't have a sheriff's office that you have questions about and expect them to serve you," Burnett said.

The Van Zandt County District Attorney will now review the Texas Rangers investigation to determine whether the case will go to a grand jury.

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