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State police complete investigation in death of Bluefield, WV officer

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Lt. Aaron Crook Lt. Aaron Crook
Morgan Smith Walker Morgan Smith Walker
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According to the West Virginia State Police, "the circumstances of the fleeing vehicle, location, and lighting" were all contributing factors in the death of Lieutenant Aaron Crook.

Crook, a nine year veteran with the Bluefield PD, died shortly after midnight on May 30 following a multi-vehicle crash on Bluefield Avenue. Four Bluefield, WV officers in two cruisers and a state police trooper were in pursuit of a DUI suspect at the time.

Upon arriving at the location where the fleeing vehicle stopped, Lt. Crook began to exit his patrol vehicle when his vehicle was struck by a responding BPD vehicle. The impact resulted in Lt. Crook being ejected from his vehicle. Seconds later, the responding WVSP vehicle collided with the crashed vehicles.-Lt. Colonel D.L. Bowles, West Virginia State Police

Morgan Smith Walker, 27, of Princeton has been charged with DUI causing death. He's currently being held in Southern Regional Jail on $50,000 cash-only bond. Read the criminal complaint below:

The funeral services for Lt. Aaron Crook took place on Saturday at the Brushfork Armory.

Memorial Donations are being accepted for Lt. Crook's two children.

Gifts can be made to:

  • BB&T
  • ATTN: Trust Fund for Brycen and Paislee Crook
  • 1309 Stafford Drive
  • Princeton, WV 24740

Click here to view the obituary for Lt. Aaron L. Crook.

A WVVA viewer shared video of Lt. Crook's funeral procession along U.S. Route 52 in Bluewell. 

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