Indiana detective dies after being attacked by swarm of HORNETS and stung more than 40 times while on a hunting trip
- Larry Crenshaw, 59, was hinting in the woods with a friend on Sunday afternoon
- But the pair were set upon by hornets with Crenshaw being stung ‘over 40 times’
- The former police chief was taken to hospital, but pronounced dead soon after
- Coroner ruled he died from a heart attack after going into anaphylactic shock
An Indiana detective and former police chief has died after being attacked by a swam of hornets and stung ‘over 40 times.’
Larry Crenshaw, 59, from Indiana, was hunting with a friend in Brookville on Sunday when they were attacked by the insects at around 3.30 p.m.
A coronor ruled that the Anderson Police Department detective died from a heart attack after going into anaphylactic shock.
Larry Crenshaw, 59, from Indiana, was hunting with a friend in Brookville on Sunday when he was attacked by hornets and stung ‘over 40 times’. He died of a heart attack after going into anaphylactic shock
‘They were attacked by numerous hornets,’ Rush County Coroner Ron Jarman said.
‘Larry was stung over 40 times and shortly after began to have issues with shortness of breath and collapsed in the woods.’
As neither of the men had a cell phone, Crenshaw’s friend Larry Caudil went to get help.
He called 911 at a nearby home, then was helped by other people to get Crenshaw out of the woods, Jarman said.
Emergency services eventually arrived at the scene and Crenshaw was taken to Rush Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead shortly after his arrival.
His cause of death was ruled as a heart attack due to an anaphylactic shock, which is an extreme allergic reaction.
Hornets are the largest of the wasp species, with some reaching up to 2.2 inches in length
Hornets tend to attack humans when their nests are disturbed, with their sings being more painful to humans due to a higher concentration of acetylcholine in their venom. In severe cases, people can go into anaphylactic shock when stung and die if not treated properly
‘This was a tragic accident,’ Jarman said. ‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Crenshaw family and friends.’
Crenshaw had been a patrol officer for six years, chief of police for four years and a detective for 20 years at the Anderson Police Department, according to the Herald Bulletin.
Following the news, tributes poured in for the respected member of the community.
‘Larry was a skilled and respected officer who will be missed by his friends at the Anderson Police Department,’ a statement from APD said.
Former mayor Kevin Smith, who had named Crenshaw as chief during his time in office, said: ‘Larry was a great father and devoted husband.
‘He cared deeply for the police officers and the people of Anderson. He was a dynamic person that loved his family, which was his main focus.’
Crenshaw, who had worked ad the Anderson Police Department for 30 years, is survived by his wife (pictured) three adult children and two grandchildren
Rodney Cummings, Madison County Prosecutor, described Crenshaw as a ‘good guy’ who was always concerned about his community.
‘He worked hard and did the best he could for victims and the community while serving as police chief,’ Cummings said. ‘Larry was an effective detective.’
Cummings also noted that Crenshaw loved spending time in the woods and hunting.
Crenshaw is survived by his wife, three adult children and two grandchildren.
Hornets are the largest of the wasp species, with some reaching up to 2.2 inches in length, but typically only attack humans when their nests are disturbed.
Their sings being more painful to humans due to a higher concentration of acetylcholine in their venom, and in in severe cases of allergic reaction, people can go into anaphylactic shock when stung and die if not treated properly.