UPDATE: The officer has been identified as 26 year-old Brent Hall. Officer Hall was traveling at a high rate of speed in a marked Dodge Charger when the vehicle struck a curb, went airborne, and collided with two utility poles.
CLINTON – A Newton Grove police officer was killed in a traffic accident Saturday night in Sampson County. The accident happened around 7:00PM near the intersection of Northeast Boulevard and Dixon Street in Clinton.
No details about the crash have been released.
Newton Grove Police Chief Greg Warren issued the following statement on the Town’s Facebook Page:
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.