Shelby County Deputy Killed In Crash

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

(Fayette County, TN) The Shelby county Sherriff’s Office is dealing with the loss of one of its own.

Deputy Torrance Suggs died in a car crash Monday night on his way to work near Eads in Fayette County.

Deputies say Suggs lost control of his vehicle at Highway 385 and Macon Road, an area that's been dealing with ongoing construction.

“He struck a construction trailer," said Chip Washington, spokesperson for the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.

It was a drive the deputy did for years, one that took him to work at the Arlington substation.

This time, Suggs didn't make it there.

"When he did not make it for roll call, a field commander called his home and talked to his wife and she did say he had left the house to head that way."

Washington says the deputy's wife and commander went looking for him and found Suggs in his car already dead.

He crashed into a construction site on his way to serve his Charlie shift, overnight from 11 p.m to 7 a.m.

"We are mourning the loss of a law enforcement officer. More importantly a family member. This is a family unit here and when tragedy sets in like this, it is very difficult for all of us."

Tuesday, cars filled the driveway of his Collierville home, as friends and colleagues came to comfort his wife and two children left behind.

Washington says Suggs served the department since 2007.

"From all indications, he was very good at his job. He was well-liked among his peers."

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


  • Scott Peppers

    I played footbal a West Memphis with Torrance. He was a nice guy and good football player. I haven’t seen him in about 20 years but it looks like he ws doing pretty well. My thoguhts and prayers go out to his family. I’m very sorry for your loss. Scott Peppers co1990

  • Lee Suggs

    Torrance was my cousin, but we were actually more like brothers. Torrance visited me in Atlanta several months ago. I truly enjoyed seeing him along with his wife (Cliffery) and two children (Jasmine and Jaden). Torrance was a great person with a kind heart. I still have a photo album he gave me that is full of newspaper articles and awards that chronicle his football career both as a high school player and a standout linebacker at Arkansas State. He has a large family that truly loves him and he will be missed by all those who knew him.

    RIP Little Brother


  • Yolanda Townsend

    Torrance was a nice guy, he and Cliffery and the kids were our neighbors for about 10yrs until we moved away to Atlanta. Our prayers go out to Cliffery and Jasmine and Jaden.
    The Townsends
    Wesley, Yolanda, Yasmin and Xavier

  • Antoinette

    Officer Suggs was a good person. He loved his family dearly and also loved a lot of his daughtes basketball teammates as if they were his own daughters. He didn’t treat them any different and they didn’t mind. They loved him dearly and he will truly be missed. RIH

    Antoinette, Moe, and Daryl II

Comments are closed.