PRENTISS, Miss. (AP) — A south Mississippi sheriff’s deputy has died after he lost control of a police vehicle while responding to a call.
Jefferson Davis County Sheriff Ron Strickland says Deputy Pat Barnes died Saturday.
Strickland says Barnes was responding to a fight at a Prentiss motel to back up the Prentiss Police Department.
Barnes ran off the road and hit a tree, dying before he could be taken to a hospital.
Deputy Denise Jackson says Barnes was coming from Bassfield and turned on his lights and siren to pass another vehicle when he crashed.
The 49-year-old Barnes leaves behind two daughters and a granddaughter.
Jackson says Barnes had been a Jefferson Davis County deputy for four years or more.