He was pronounced dead at approximately 3:30 p.m.
Crider was not on duty at the time and the incident was not work related.
Jasper Police, Curry Fire and Rescue, Walker County Sheriff’s Office and Regional Paramedical Services responded to the scene, as well as Walker County Coronor J.C. Poe.
The call came in at shift change for the sheriff’s office, so no deputy was available for immediate response.
Jasper Police were the first law enforcement to respond to the scene.
Because of Crider’s standing as an officer, the investigation was turned over to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.
Authorities assured the public that it was an isolated incident and presented no danger to the public.
Poe said Crider’s body was sent to the Department of Forensic Science in Huntsville for autopsy, as is standard procedure in a case like this.
He declined to provide any additional information, and no timeline is known for the autopsy results.
The ABI is investigating and declined to comment, citing their policy not to comment on an ongoing investigation.