Deputy Frank Crews
On Sept. 5, 1953, Deputy Crews and Undersheriff A. I. Rutherford went to the Denham Hotel at Ninth and Union in Shawnee concerning a man pulling a gun on another man. As the officers approached the west entrance to the hotel they were met by Jess Stalcup, 75. The officers stopped and questioned him. While they were talking to Stalcup, the complainant came out of the hotel and identified Stalcup as the man with the gun. Stalcup drew a concealed .45 automatic pistol and emptied it toward the officers. Crews was hit four times. Rutherford and two bystanders were also wounded. Rutherford shot Stalcup three times. Both Crews, 54, and Stalcup died at the scene.