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JPD officer involved in Edwards gas station fight

EDWARDS, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A battle of words from the attorneys representing Jackson Police Officer Terrance Crump and Shane Patrick has sparked after both parties claim they were the victim in a fight at an Edwards gas station.

The incident occurred when off-duty Officer Crump joined a number of other people boycotting the gas station. Mr. Patrick visited the store to make a purchase, and words were exchanged, although it's unclear how the incident turned physical and who was the aggressor.

Crump's attorney, Warren Martin, says Patrick yelled racial slurs when walking out of the store.

"There are at least five witnesses who can verify the fact that Patrick used the "N" word several times. He used profanity towards the protesters," claims Martin. "After being asked to refrain from such conduct, Mr. Patrick got loud and unruly and began to threaten Mr. Crump."

Patrick's attorney points out her client is of mixed race and descent so the ideal that the argument was initiated over a racial slur is obsolete.

"It is utterly ridiculous that Mr. Crump's only defense is to turn this incident of his own indiscretion into a war of race in efforts to cloud his gross misjudgment and vicious actions against Mr. Patrick," said attorney Mindy McKay Morton.

Martin goes on to say Patrick initiated the fight by pushing Crump first and his client was just defending himself.

"At no time during this incident did Mr. Crump notify anyone that he was a member of the Jackson Police Department. Mr. Crump was not on duty at the time and he did not utilize any department items or property. Mr. Crump's actions were reasonable and in reaction to threats and racial slurs made by Mr. Patrick," said Martin.

But Patrick's attorney said, "Mr. Crump's definition of "reasonable" is anything but reasonable. Using a baton to beat a man who is inside a parked truck is far from 'reasonable force.'"

Crump's attorney claims he never had a weapon with him. Mr. Patrick, however, tried to use his truck as a weapon by trying to run him over his client.

"An allegation that Mr. Patrick was attempting to "run [Mr. Crump] over" would be better suited if Mr. Crump would have been directly in line with Mr. Patrick's truck and had Mr. Patrick's truck been in motion at the time of the attack - both of which were not the case," claims Morton.

Patrick says he called police right after the assault but Crump left and didn't file an affidavit until a week later. A judge will have to decide if official charges will be filed against either man.

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A battle of words from the attorneys representing Jackson Police Officer Terrance Crump and Shane Patrick has sparked after both parties claim they were the victim in a fight at an Edwards gas station.

The incident occurred when off-duty Officer Crump joined a number of other people boycotting the gas station. Mr. Patrick visited the store to make a purchase, and words were exchanged, although it's unclear how the incident turned physical and who was the aggressor.

Crump's attorney, Warren Martin, says Patrick yelled racial slurs when walking out of the store.

"There are at least five witnesses who can verify the fact that Patrick used the "N" word several times. He used profanity towards the protesters," claims Martin. "After being asked to refrain from such conduct, Mr. Patrick got loud and unruly and began to threaten Mr. Crump."

Patrick's attorney points out her client is of mixed race and descent so the ideal that the argument was initiated over a racial slur is obsolete.

"It is utterly ridiculous that Mr. Crump's only defense is to turn this incident of his own indiscretion into a war of race in efforts to cloud his gross misjudgment and vicious actions against Mr. Patrick," said attorney Mindy McKay Morton. 

Martin goes on to say Patrick initiated the fight by pushing Crump first and his client was just defending himself.

"At no time during this incident did Mr. Crump notify anyone that he was a member of the Jackson Police Department. Mr. Crump was not on duty at the time and he did not utilize any department items or property. Mr. Crump's actions were reasonable and in reaction to threats and racial slurs made by Mr. Patrick," said Martin.

But Patrick's attorney said, "Mr. Crump's definition of "reasonable" is anything but reasonable. Using a baton to beat a man who is inside a parked truck is far from 'reasonable force.'"

Crump's attorney claims he never had a weapon with him. Mr. Patrick, however, tried to use his truck as a weapon by trying to run him over his client.

"An allegation that Mr. Patrick was attempting to "run [Mr. Crump] over" would be better suited if Mr. Crump would have been directly in line with Mr. Patrick's truck and had Mr. Patrick's truck been in motion at the time of the attack - both of which were not the case," claims Morton.

Patrick says he called police right after the assault but Crump left and didn't file an affidavit until a week later. A judge will have to decide if official charges will be filed against either man.

Copyright 2013 MSNewsNow. All rights reserved.

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