SCSO recruit arrested for deadly hit-and-run

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Nearly a year after the deaths of 37-year-old Derrick Cross and 34-year-old Jessika Cavazos, a man has been charged with their murders.

Memphis police arrested 24-year-old Hunter Queen Thursday afternoon for the deadly hit-and-run.

He was a Shelby County Sheriff’s Office deputy recruit, and was arrested while at the department’s training academy.

Queen is charged with two counts of murder, reckless homicide, and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident involving injury/death.

Police say he was driving a 2005 Dodge 2500 pick-up truck on August 18, 2013, when he hit Cross and Cavazos on I-40 eastbound near Warford.

Four days after the crash, authorities revealed Cavazos and Cross were standing outside their disabled vehicle, which was parked in the north median lane, when another vehicle hit them. At the time, police described the hit-and-run vehicle as possibly a white, four-door, Toyota pick-up truck.

The Sheriff’s Department confirms Queen was not a recruit at the time of the incident.


  • Hard Truths

    This and worse is the kid of person that local law enforcement is recruiting.

    I bet he was a big football star in high school.

  • problematic

    I wonder if he’s gonna plead guilty or not and how this will play out in court? Is the vehicle description all the evidence they have to go by? How can they prove that he was the actual driver that night? I’m sure they have to have something concrete to make an arrest. I bet he was speeding home from a night of getting hammered and was too scared to stop cause he knew he f’d up big time. Karma is a female dog!

  • Hard Truths

    When you consider some of the kind of people who call themselves “Christians” here in Memphis, the bar is pretty low.

    So maybe he IS one. A Christian who murdered two people and ran away to become a cop. And no, he is NOT any better than MPD. He came from the same mold that they do.

    Two dead, hit and run. 10 X 2, to run consecutive.

  • Rev. Matthews

    The crusades were started by wholesome sound good Christian men. lol, good Christian. I didn’t think those two words could go together in the same sentence.

    • Hard Truths

      There ARE some good ones, just as some chickens have teeth, but they’re afraid to speak out against all the Theocratic bullies we have in this part of the country, So yes, Reverend, you’re basically right. Scratch a Christian, you usually discover a sanctimonious, hypocritical scoundrel.

      Seems as though, for them, going to church mitigates all the wrongs they do to others and to society the rest of the week.

  • Hard Truths

    He has to be a psychopath to go to cop school after committing this crime.

    Seems as though he was a perfect fit for police work.

  • Oscar Mullens

    I am the boyfriend of the griveing mother this is not closeure at all we have not even began to heel . We now put a face on the coward who did this . The thing that gets me is that he said he hit a deer . I ask the people on here to keep us in prayer and please continue to follow this story.

  • Opinion

    of all the comments on here I have yet to see the truth at all. Hunter was in the military and was a recruit long before any of this took place. Just because he made a big mistake does not take away from his service to this country. If he had not been in the academy or associated with law enforcement nobody would have given this story much attention. Let the justice system work and let the family try to find some type of healing and closure in this somehow is all we can ask.

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