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Fugitive Killed During Capture

October 11, 2000

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ U.S. marshals arriving at an apartment to arrest a fugitive were met with gunfire, returned fire and killed the suspect.

Members of a task force that tracks fugitives arrived at the apartment Tuesday looking for Cedric Crumbie, who was wanted on a probation violation charge.

Witnesses said the agents started knocking the front door down with a battering ram and then shots were fired.

Leon County Sheriff’s spokesman David Gilmore said that when the marshals broke down the door, Crumbie had his arm around a young girl and a gun to her head. He said Crumbie fired six rounds at the officers when they started to enter.

Crumbie, 30, was shot and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Neither the 11-year-old girl nor her mother, who also was in the apartment, were hurt.

Crumbie served three years in prison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon followed by probation. He violated that probation by quitting his job, testing positive for drugs and not completing a substance abuse program, according to court records.

Crumbie is the second suspect killed by the Violent Fugitive Task Force in Tallahassee. Another was killed Aug. 17 outside a motel.

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