Tragic Car Chase Kills Police Officer Remembered as Loving Father of Three
LONG COUNTY, GA - Ajc.com writes that a car chase ended in tragedy when a police officer died in South Georgia. The victim, who was a deputy with the Long County Sheriff’s Office, died while pursuing a suspect on GA 57. The other officers had continued the chase into McIntosh County and then realized one of the vehicles was no longer with them.*
The deputy’s patrol car had overturned off the roadway and into the woods, killing the 44-year-old officer. Georgia State Patrol officers stated that this is the type of tragic accident that can occur when a driver flees from law enforcement. The driver who left the scene had been spotted by police earlier when he or she was running through stop signs. The individual managed to evade the officers and has not yet been identified. It is likely that a reward will be offered for anyone providing information regarding the suspect. In 2018, another officer died in a police chase in Long County. In that event, the officer was attempting to direct traffic out of the way when the suspect struck him. That driver continued to try to escape officers and collided with a bystander on a motorcycle, killing the 61-year-old man.
Police chases are known to present risks to bystanders, suspects, and the police. In many cases, officers will choose not to pursue a suspect because of the risks involved. Different departments have varying standards for when an officer may pursue a suspect. The threat posed by the suspect and the risks to the public must be considered, and the decision is often made in the heat of the moment.
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Sources:https://www.ajc.com/news/crime--law/georgia-sheriff-deputy-killed-while-assisting-vehicle-pursuit/Hgrj5jxFM6EHEtFNcIsGJP/ and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/07/30/police-pursuits-fatal-injuries/30187827/
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