The Crisp County deputy who was shót and dἰed during a traffic check on Wednesday (July 5) has been named. Following his graduation from the ABAC Regional Police Academy in September 2022, Crisp County Sheriff’s Office deputy Tyee Browne underwent a three-month field training officer program.
Browne played soccer at Mary Persons High School, where he attended. In addition, he received the Semper Fidelis Award. He had served in the military. During a news conference on Wednesday evening, Sheriff Billy Hancock stated that he had recently completed his reserve duty in the previous year.
In the 1300 block of Highway 280 West on Wednesday morning, Browne stopped Croshawn Gerard Cross, 25, for a traffic violation. According to Facebook Post, Browne was shót after getting out of his patrol car. Cross took the car and chased the deputies across numerous counties in Central Georgia. Monroe County saw the conclusion of the chase.
Following a chase that ended on I-475 on Wednesday morning, Monroe County Sheriff Brad Freeman reported that Cross was captured and a stolen patrol car from Crisp County was found. Freeman said they got a lookout early on Wednesday about a cop being shót in Crisp County and having his patrol car stolen.
Later, Freeman identified Cross as the individual who had been detained. Cross is accused of muɼder with malice, felony muɼder, aggravated assault on two occasions, receiving stolen property theft, carjacking, possessing a firearm while committing a crime on three occasions, and theft by taking on two occasions.
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The GBI will keep looking into the officer-involved shóóting and the demise of Deputy Brown. The case file will be forwarded to the Cordele Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office for prosecution after the inquiry is complete.
In 2023, the GBI has been asked to look into 49 shóótings involving officers. According to Policetribune, The whole news conference announcement from the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office is as follows:
“Early today, I stood behind a podium and informed you we lost one of our own. Unfortunately, words in the English dictionary do not shoulder the weight or adequately articulate this loss, but I can speak to the man he was and the legacy he will forever hold.”
“Deputy, son, grandson, loved one, and friend while these are all titles that describe Deputy Tyee Browne. Hero is the title we bestow upon him today. At 26 years old, this young man faced evil in protecting this community.”
“We extend our deepest sympathies to Deputy Browne’s family, friends, and loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they navigate this profound loss. Please know that we are here for you, offering our unwavering support and assistance in any way we can.”
“During this period of mourning, let us remember the profound impact Deputy Browne had on our lives and continue to carry his legacy forward. He will forever remain in our hearts and minds, inspiring us to serve our community with the same dedication, integrity, and compassion.”
“Together, we can celebrate his life and remember his remarkable impact on us all. Deputy Browne started with Crisp County Sheriff’s Office in February of 2022 as a Detention Officer. In September of 2022, he transferred to the Uniform Patrol Division after graduating from basic mandate.”
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