CLINTON, NC – Officials say that a Newton Grove Police officer was killed during the evening of April 3rd in what was described as a single-vehicle crash that occurred within the city of Clinton.
Authorities say the officer was traveling “at an extremely high rate of speed,” when he lost control of his vehicle.
Thoughts and prayers for the officer’s family and the department. All NC law enforcement agencies are encouraged to shroud their badges with a mourning band. https://t.co/mc9H4Jws6j
— NC Association of Chiefs of Police (@NCACP2) April 4, 2021
Officials from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol have identified the deceased officer as 26-year-old Newton Grove Police Officer Brent Nelson Hall. From what investigators say the crash transpired at approximately 7:00 PM near the intersection of US 701 and Isaac Weeks Road.
According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Officer Hall was traveling at speeds in excess of 80 mph in a 35 mph zone when he lost control of his vehicle, struck a curb and then two light poles before the vehicle came to a rest.
In a statement released by Newton Grove Police Chief Greg Warren prior to the name of the officer being revealed, the following was noted about the loss stemming from this incident:
“Please pray for our Newton Grove Police Department, the Town of Newton Grove, and their families. We have lost one of our officers tonight in an accident. Out of respect for the officer’s family, we will not be announcing the officer’s name at this time.”
“Jesus, the Great Physician, the loss of life of one of our police officers is so very painful and devastating to endure. It can ravage a community for such a long time. I ask that You come and dwell in our midst.”
“Let Your holy word be a healing balm that soothes our wounds and allows us to heal from the loss of this police officer. Help us to learn from his/her selfless example of dedication and devotion to protecting us. Let our memories of him/her not be ones of sadness for their loss, but of celebration of a life lived in the image of You. Amen.”
Investigators say that Officer Hall was reportedly making his way over to the station to report for duty when the crash occurred; however, investigators aren’t sure as to why the officer was excessively speeding at the time of the incident.
Officials further noted that Officer Hall was not wearing his seatbelt during the time of the crash.
In Loving Memory of my cousin, Officer Brent Hall. He served the Newton Grove, NC area and will be dearly missed.
If you would like to help support his family, please feel free to use the Go Fund Me page link below:https://t.co/2JMlp8V9Oo
— Force for Good Gaming (@ForceforGoodGam) April 4, 2021
For those interested in helping the surviving family members of Officer Hall during this difficult time, a GoFundMe has been established by his family.
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Back in February, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on another officer that died in what was described as a single-vehicle crash that was caused by a rear tire blowout in Florida.
Here’s that previous report.
MIAMI, FL – A police officer in Florida has reportedly passed away after he was involved in a single-vehicle crash during the early morning hours of February 21st.
Officials say that the crash was caused due to a rear tire blowout on the cruiser.
Miccosukee Police officer killed in I-75 crash in Collier Countyhttps://t.co/inMKQ6T1PF
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) February 21, 2021
According to officials, 43-year-old Miccosukee Police Officer Horacio Sebastián Dominguez was headed westbound on Interstate 75 at around 1:20 a.m., when a rear tire on his patrol vehicle blew out near Mile Marker 51.
Investigators say that the patrol vehicle flipped numerous times after Officer Dominguez had lost control of the cruiser.
During the crash, Officer Dominguez was reportedly ejected from the vehicle, with investigators saying that he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.
.@FLCaseyDeSantis and I are devastated by the loss of Miccosukee Police Officer Horacio Sebastián Dominguez. Officer Dominguez, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and Army National Guard, served our state and nation with distinction. We are keeping his family in our prayers. https://t.co/9Jw3f60Ww2
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 21, 2021
Sadly, Officer Dominguez was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Miccosukee Police Department gave the following statement after having confirmed the passing of Officer Dominguez:
“Officer Horacio Sebastián Dominguez was a dedicated military veteran, marine and soldier, who served his country honorably and recently retired as a staff sergeant with the Army National Guard. He leaves behind a wife and young daughter.”
The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.
The Sunshine State has been bearing a proverbial dark cloud as of late with regard to fallen officers killed in vehicular incidents.
Merely four days prior to the death of Officer Dominguez, a Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy was said to have been killed by a suspected drunk driver.
Here’s that previous report.
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – A 30-year-old Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy was reportedly killed by a suspected drunk driver during the afternoon of February 17th, according to reports.
Officials say that the suspected drunk driver, who is a convicted felon, was said to have been driving on a suspended license at the time of the incident.
🚔 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE! 🚔Deputy Michael Magli, 30, was killed when a drunk driver hit him after the deputy put out stop sticks in an attempt to stop the driver. He is survived by his wife and two young kids. @NBC2 https://t.co/UXavSSMxRT
— Gage Goulding – NBC2 (@GageGoulding) February 18, 2021
According to details provided by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Michael Magli was identified as the deputy killed during the February 17th incident.
Officials say the series of events started when rescue crews had responded to reports of a man, later identified as 33-year-old Robert Holzaepfel, who’d fallen asleep behind the wheel of a Ford F-150 at a red light.
When members of said crew had busted open Holzaepfel’s driver’s side window, he’d reportedly woke up and fled the area.
Deputies who were on the scene attempted to stop Holzaepfel as he was reportedly driving down Keystone Road in a reckless manner. Deputy Magli had reportedly deployed some stop sticks to disable the suspect’s vehicle near Eastlake Road and Forelock Road.
After said stop sticks were deployed, Holzaepfel was said to have lost control of the vehicle and wound up driving directly into Deputy Magli.
Unfortunately, the deputy was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri described the incident during a press briefing:
“As Deputy Magli got out of his cruiser, he removed the stop sticks from the rear of the car and then moved to the road so he could deploy the stop sticks.”
“As he was moving to the west on the median, the suspect’s vehicle spun out, flipped over, and very very violently slammed into Deputy Magli and his cruiser.”
“The cruiser did about a 180-degree spinout, Deputy Magli was pinned under the car…and he is deceased.”
According to Sheriff Gualtieri, Holzaepfel was intoxicated during the incident. Reports also showcase that the suspect has 16 prior felony convictions and was driving with a suspended license during the incident.
Holzaepfel was said to have been taken into custody, with charges against the suspect pending as of this writing.
Deputy Magli leaves behind a wife and two young children with his passing. He was said to have been with the sheriff’s department for eight years, and is the first line of duty death for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis shared his condolences on Twitter on the day Deputy Magli passed away:
“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Deputy Michael Magli, killed today in the line of duty. [Casey DeSantis] and I are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers, as well as the entire [Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office] family. His service and sacrifice will not be forgotten.”
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Deputy Michael Magli, killed today in the line of duty. @FLCaseyDeSantis and I are keeping them in our thoughts and prayers, as well as the entire @SheriffPinellas family. His service and sacrifice will not be forgotten. https://t.co/0n4AGaxaJy
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) February 18, 2021
Sheriff Gualtieri described the fallen deputy’s final acts before his death as a means to “protect people”:
“It was a situation where the person needed to be stopped. Otherwise, he was going to hurt someone else.”
“Deputy Magli was trying to protect people. He was trying to keep others from being hurt by this guy who is driving like a maniac, drunk, reckless, going to hurt somebody so he stepped up like cops do.”
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