Ex-deputy convicted of killing other officers dies in prison

Posted at 3:20 PM, Oct 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-11 18:20:42-04

A former undercover narcotics officer serving life terms for killing two fellow law enforcement officers in Yuma 22 years ago has died in prison.

The Arizona Department of Corrections says 59-year-old Jack Hudson died Tuesday of natural causes in the health unit at the Lewis prison complex in Buckeye, a Phoenix suburb.

Hudson was a Yuma County sheriff's deputy in 1995 when he was arrested in the shooting deaths of Yuma police Lt. Dan Elkins and Arizona Department of Public Safety Sgt. Mike Crowe the evening of July 4, 1995 at the office of a drug task force.

Authorities said Elkins, Crow and an evidence technician surprised Hudson at the office where they went that evening because of previous thefts of drugs and guns from the facility.