Sheriff John Perry, of the Saluda County Sheriff’s Department in South Carolina, sadly reports the death of Corporal Dale Hallman.
Cpl. Hallman, 30, died as a result of injuries he sustained in a single vehicle crash while responding to an emergency.
Deputies had responded to the scene of a dispute where shots had been fired. Upon their arrival, the suspect shot at the officers then fled the scene in a vehicle. The suspect was armed with a rifle and had a small child in tow as a hostage.
The vehicle pursuit ended when the suspect abandoned his vehicle and fled into a wooded area. The suspect later released the child behind a house and continued his flight.
Consequently, he was later apprehended with no further shots being fired.
When the suspect fled into the woods, deputies called for K-9 assistance. Hallman responded to assist as a part of the county’s Bloodhound Tracking Team.
As Hallman was heading to the scene in Edgefield County with the overhead lights and siren activated on his 1994 Chevrolet Tahoe patrol vehicle, it left the right side of the road. As a result, he over-corrected and the patrol vehicle then crossed the roadway, traveled off the left side of the road and overturned.
Hallman was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to the Self Regional Medical Center where he died from his injuries several hours later.
Copper, the Bloodhound in the back of the Chevy Tahoe, sustained minor injuries and will recover.
The crash is being investigated by troopers of the South Carolina Highway Patrol and their Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team.
Hallman served the Saluda County Sheriff’s Department for five years. Moreover, he also served as a lieutenant in the County Fire Service.
“In 2016, Corporal Hallman was awarded the Medal of Valor for his outstanding service to Saluda County,” Sheriff Perry told the press as he solicited prayers for Hallman’s family.
Law enforcement agencies and others shared their condolences on social media Friday morning with the corporal’s family and those he’s worked with.
Dale Hallman is survived by his expectant wife, two stepsons, his parents and a sister.
Corporal Dale Hallman is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Friday, April 6, 2018.