Shelby County Deputy Killed In Crash

(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.


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