Spalding County (GA) Sheriff's Deputy was killed when a tree fell on his patrol vehicle Sunday. (Photo: Spalding County SO/Facebook) -

Spalding County (GA) Sheriff's Deputy was killed when a tree fell on his patrol vehicle Sunday. (Photo: Spalding County SO/Facebook)

A Spalding County (GA) Sheriff's deputy died in a patrol vehicle Sunday morning when a tree fell and crushed it, Sheriff Darrell Dix said. 

The fatal accident happened at around 5:30 a.m. Sunday morning on Ga. Highway 16. Jamie Reynolds, a veteran law enforcement officer in his second year with the Spalding County Sheriff's Office, was pronounced dead at the scene by the medical examiner, Fox 5 reports.

"Deputy Reynolds was eastbound on Georgia Highway 16 when a large pine tree fell on his unit just east of Shoal Creek Road," Dix said in a statement. "The tree crushed the passenger compartment of the vehicle, killing Deputy Reynolds instantly."

First responders rushed to the scene, but it was too late. Dix said he, Spalding County Manager Steve Ledbetter and Investigator Jess Gasaway — with assistance from the Coweta County Sheriff's Office — notified Reynolds' wife and children. 

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