YUMA, Ariz. – As the Fourth of July is a joyful time for our nation celebrating our countries independence, it is also the anniversary of a dark day in Yuma County.
Twenty-one years ago two law enforcement officers were murdered by a Yuma County Sheriff’s Office Deputy. Lt. Danny Elkins, of the Yuma Police Department and Sgt. Michael Crowe, of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, were shot and killed by Deputy Jack Ray Hudson.
Crowe, Elkins and a third officer were allegedly returning to their headquarters to check on paperwork in reference to missing evidence.
All of them were unarmed.
While in the building Hudson shot and killed Crowe and Elkins, the third officer escaped and called backup. Crowe and Elikins were Hudson’s immediate supervisors on the Southwest Border Alliance, a multi-agency task force designed to fight drug trafficking and other drug related crimes. Hudson was arrested and on April 30th, 1997 he was convicted of 2 first degree murder charges then sentenced to two life terms plus 40 years.