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Ga. Officer Killed In Code 3 Crash

July 31, 2013  | 

Photo courtesy of Columbus PD.
Photo courtesy of Columbus PD.
A veteran Columbus (Ga.) Police officer was killed and a Russell County Sheriff's deputy was seriously injured in a crash while responding to a an officer-assistance call with lights and sirens.

Cpl. Thomas Keith Slay, 53, was driving an unmarked Ford pickup when a truck entered his lane and struck the police vehicle. The pickup went into a side spin and struck a utility pole, shearing it off. Deputy Brad Evans is recovering in the  intensive care unit at The Medical Center.

The two officers were responding to assist other officers at a vehicle stop. They are members of the Metro Narcotics Task Force. Slay worked in an undercover role, reports the Ledger-Enquirer.

Tags: Duty Deaths, Code 3 Driving, Georgia


Comments (5)

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Rick @ 8/1/2013 8:37 PM

The question remains, did the undercover truck have lights and sirens activated while going over the speed limit. Here in San Bernardino/Riverside Counties (CA), CHP Officers and Sheriff's Deputies routinely exceed the speed limit without lights or sirens activated. They also routinely exceed the speed limit with only rear facing lights activated and their sirens off. Numerous accidents have occurred with death or injury to citizens, and yet they continue to violate CA law.

Kristine @ 8/2/2013 5:14 AM

A truck entered the Officers lane and struck them, so regardless of how fast, they were going they were not in the wrong. The article states they were using lights and sirens.

Janet @ 8/2/2013 7:14 AM

Our Law Enforcement Agency is so sorry for your loss. Every Law Enforcement Agency please be safe in all situations.

AlbanyGA @ 8/2/2013 11:45 AM

Our condolences and prayers for peace and comfort to Cpl. Slay, his family, friends and co-workers at Columbus PD from your brothers and sisters in Albany. We stand with you.

Dustin @ 8/2/2013 6:55 PM

First off this is a tragic loss of brotherhood. RIP sir, thank you for your servce. Secondly, Rick, READ don't skim next time. Your unnecessary comment annoys us. The first paragraph clearly says "lights and sirens were on".

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