MPD officer charged in shooting death of her wife

Mother shot, killed saving son; MPD officer charged with murder
Published: Nov. 20, 2014 at 9:11 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2014 at 7:16 PM CST
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The affidavit details what happened in the final moments of Keara Crowder's life, which...
The affidavit details what happened in the final moments of Keara Crowder's life, which investigators say was taken as she tried to save her 12-year-old son. (Photo Source: Facebook)

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - The Memphis police officer accused of shooting her wife appeared in court on Thursday. Her bond remains at $500,000.

Jaselyn Grant is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the



on Wednesday. Investigators say Crowder died while trying to save her 12-year-old son.

According to a police report, Crowder's son said the legally married couple argued for hours before Grant pulled out two handguns, laid them on the table and said, "We're gonna settle this now." The boy's mother hit Grant in the head with a gun and told him to run away. He said he heard several shots before Grant fired a shot at him.

Crowder was shot three times. She died at Regional Medical Center.

Investigators believe she was shot with Grant's MPD-issued service weapon.

"I don't think being a police officer exempts you from any of the other pressures of life," said Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.

Grant told investigators the shooting was in self-defense; her attorney says she is not guilty. Police reports indicate that her story does not match what witnesses say happened. She was relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

In court, Grant was ordered not to have any contact with her stepson. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 18.

Grant and Crowder had been married for a couple of months.

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