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Van Zandt Co. deputy fired after flashlight beating of teen

Michael Crumpler. Photo Source: Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office. Michael Crumpler. Photo Source: Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office.

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department investigator has been fired after striking a juvenile with a flashlight, and more details have emerged about the alleged incident.

Around 3:08 pm on November 28, the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Department received a 911 call from Tammy Arnold in reference to being assaulted by her 16-year-old son.

Deputy Steven Prock responded to her address in Ben Wheeler. When the deputy arrived on the scene he found the juvenile standing in the front yard striking a tree with a hammer-like object. Deputy Prock was eventually able to get the teen to drop the hammer and move into the driveway.

At some point during the incident, Investigator Michael Crumpler arrived on the scene to back up Deputy Prock. When he arrived, Deputy Prock was directing the juvenile to get down on his knees; Crumpler also directed the teen to get on knees. Instead, the juvenile kept his back towards them.

Both deputies then walked toward the juvenile, and as they approached the teen, Crumpler retrieved a flashlight from his back pocket and with an overhead swing struck the juvenile in the back of the head with the flashlight. The juvenile fell to the ground with Crumpler on top of him. The juvenile never moved prior to being struck.

Prock handcuffed the juvenile without resistance and he was helped to his feet. The teen was unsteady and had blood on his head. He was taken to Cozby Germany Hospital in Grand Saline where he received seven staples for a four centimeter laceration to the back of the head.

Michael D. Crumpler was fired and is charged with felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant. He was arrested and released on $10,000 bond.

The Van Zandt County District Attorney's office will review the case to determine whether to send it to a grand jury.

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