Cybersecdn- In the early hours of a Thursday morning, a tragic event unfolded on Interstate 85, leading to the untimely demise of Deputy Sheriff Eric Minix of the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Minix was engaged in the pursuit of a suspected vehicle thief, a chase that started in Georgia and ended in a fatal collision in Chambers County, Alabama.
The chase began around 2 a.m. and continued into Alabama, where Deputy Minix’s vehicle collided with one from the Lanett Police Department. This catastrophic incident led to Minix being rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was declared deceased, leaving behind a legacy as a dedicated deputy and K-9 officer, as well as a family comprising a wife and three daughters.
The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, in a heartfelt message on their official Facebook page, mourned the loss of Deputy Minix, describing him as a valuable team member, a remarkable individual, and a cherished friend. The department’s message echoed the sentiments of loss and grief felt by the community and his colleagues.
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In the aftermath of this incident, the suspect involved in the chase was apprehended. The Lanett Police Department reported that the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency had taken the lead in investigating the case. Additionally, the officer driving the vehicle that struck Deputy Minix was placed on administrative leave, a standard procedure in such incidents.
The department urged the community to keep all those affected in their thoughts and prayers. This incident highlights the inherent risks law enforcement officers face in their duty to protect and serve, and the unpredictable nature of high-speed pursuits.