POSTED: Monday, February 3, 2014 - 8:36pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 9:39am
MORGAN CITY,LA (NBC33) — UPDATE: Visitation for Chief Travis Crouch has been moved to the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium located at Hwy 182 and Myrtle St. in Morgan City. Visitation is from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
ORIGINAL: Morgan City Police officers and staff started their first work week without their beloved Police Chief Travis Crouch Monday. The loss still fresh in their minds.
"Chief Crouch is going to be missed on many levels many levels," Michael Banks, Sr., Assistant Police Chief of the Morgan City Police Department said.
Assistant Chief Banks got the phone call just after midnight on Saturday he never wanted to get.
"I was at home and my phone rang. One of our sergeants said I need you to get over here as quick as you can. I didn't ask why," He said.
Banks later learned his fellow police officer, his chief was dead.
"Everyone was in shock," he said.
Biloxi Police Department officials say they responded to a call of gunshot inside the Beau Rivage hotel Friday around 11:05 pm. When they arrived police say they found Crouch with a single gunshot wound. Monday Biloxi Police Officials said the situation is still under investigation.
"Through the course of the investigation we have determined that it was self infliction," Sgt. Christopher DeBack, Biloxi Police Dept. Criminal Investigations, said. "There is nothing suspicious in nature to suggest anyone else may have been involved. The investigation is still on going to determine if it was intentional or unintentional."
Crouch spent 23 years as a Morgan City Police officer. Last February he was appointed chief. Banks said Crouch was a character the community will miss.
"Travis was a beautiful person. If you met him no matter how that encounter went you would not forget Chief Travis Crouch. "
Banks said police officers are still dealing with the loss Monday, but they will continue to protect and serve the community Crouch loved so much.
"We know that it is going to be difficult to get through this, and it's proven to be so," Banks said. "But, we have to continue."
"Our citizens of this community they deserve what Chief Crouch envisioned," Banks said.
Funeral arrangements for Chief Crouch are set for Thursday February 6. Visitation will be held at Twin City Funeral Home located at Fourth St. and Duke St. in Morgan City, La from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. A mass of Christian burial will be held after at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Chief Crouch will be laid to rest at the Morgan City Cemetery.