MPD officer resigns; new chilling details of murder released

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SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Jaselyn Grant has resigned from the Memphis Police Department after being charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder of a child. Investigators say Grant was off-duty when she shot and killed 29-year-old Keara Crowder and shot at Crowder’s son. According to an affidavit, Grant and Crowder were married in another state.

“The 12-year-old told police as he was running he heard several gunshots and turned to see Grant shoot at him.”

Deputies responded at about 5 a.m. to a home in the 4500 block of Bassett Hall Drive, where they found Crowder “lying in the front yard, bleeding.”
Officer Jaselyn Grant
Officer Jaselyn Grant
Investigators say the 34-year-old officer returned from her shift and then waited for Crowder and her son to arrive. Crowder’s son told police the two women were verbally arguing for several hours when Grant placed two guns on a TV stand and said, “we’re gonna settle this now.” Grant picked up a gun and pointed it at Crowder’s son, at which time Crowder picked up the other gun and told her son to run. The affidavit states Crowder hit Grant in the head with the gun. The 12-year-old told police as he was running he heard several gunshots and turned to see Grant shoot at him. Grant reportedly admitted to shooting Crowder but said it was self-defense. A verbal argument escalated, and that’s when investigators say Grant shot Crowder three times. The 12-year-old boy was not injured. Grant was taken into custody without incident.

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