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Missouri Deputy Drowns After Patrol Car Washed Off Road

September 10, 2018  | 

Greene County (MO) Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Paul Roberts was killed Friday night when his patrol car was washed off the road in a storm. Roberts served with the Willard Police Department before joining the sheriff's office. (Photo: Willard PD)
Greene County (MO) Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Paul Roberts was killed Friday night when his patrol car was washed off the road in a storm. Roberts served with the Willard Police Department before joining the sheriff's office. (Photo: Willard PD)

A Greene County (MO) sheriff's deputy drowned Friday night when his patrol car was washed off the roadway by rushing water during a storm.

After an extensive search involving multiple departments, Deputy Aaron Paul Roberts, 35, was found dead in his patrol car just north of Fair Grove, according to Sheriff Jim Arnott.

Arnott told reporters that Roberts had just cleared a call, which was a 911 hang-up, when he radioed in that his car had been washed off the roadway, the Springfield News-Leader reports.

Willard Police Chief Tom McClain said Roberts worked at his department from October 2013 to June 2017.

Roberts leaves behind a wife and daughter. Colleagues describe him as a dedicated family man.


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Jon Retired LEO @ 9/10/2018 1:30 PM

Sincerest condolences to the family of officer Roberts. May he rest in peace. these damn severe thunderstorms can produce flash floods in an instant and a so called cloudburst is near to impossible to see through. Rushing water is by all means deadly.

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