Ex-deputy who killed 2 Yuma law­men dies in prison

Yuma Sun - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAMES GIL­BERT @YSJAMESGILBERT

Former Yuma law­man Jack R. Hud­son, who was serv­ing a life sen­tence for the 1995 mur­ders of a Yuma po­lice of­fi­cer and state trooper, died of cancer Tues­day morn­ing at the Ari­zona State Prison Hospi­tal, prison of­fi­cials con­firmed.

Hud­son, 59, had been as­signed to the Ari­zona State Prison Com­plex-Lewis and his death, like all deaths at the prison, is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated in con­sul­ta­tion with the county med­i­cal ex­am­iner’s of­fice. No time of death was pro­vided.

Hud­son, a former Yuma County Sher­iff’s deputy and un­der­cover nar­cotics of­fi­cer, was sen­tenced out of Yuma County to life in prison for four con­vic­tions of first-de­gree mur­der, plus at­tempted first-de­gree mur­der, burglary, ag­gra­vated as­sault, and theft con­vic­tions for killing Yuma po­lice of­fi­cer Lt. Daniel Elkins and Ari­zona Depart­ment of Pub­lic Safety Sgt. Michael Crowe in the line of duty.

Ac­cord­ing to sto­ries pub­lished in the Yuma Sun, Elkins, the com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of South­west Border Al­liance, had ar­ranged to have Crowe and ev­i­dence tech­ni­cian Jim Ehrhart

meet him at the of­fice at about 10 p.m. on July 4 of that year.

The of­fi­cers were aware that drugs and weapons had been dis­ap­pear­ing from the ev­i­dence room.

Elkins, Crowe and Ehrhart walked in to find that two safes had been opened and the of­fices had been ran­sacked by Hud­son that night. They were un­armed but had guns in their ve­hi­cles, Robin­son said.

Hud­son opened fire with a fully-au­to­matic 9 mm Co­bray pis­tol. He shot Crowe, chased Elkins down in the park­ing lot to shoot him and would have killed Ehrhart ex­cept that the weapon jammed.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived, Hud­son was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent. Elkins was pro­nounced dead on ar­rival at Yuma Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter. Crowe died the next morn­ing.

JACK R. HUD­SON

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