Officer Down: Georgia Officer Struck by Vehicle While Investigating Another Collision
DeKalb County, GA – DeKalb County Police Sergeant Daniel Mobley was killed Saturday around 9am while responding to assist another officer involved in a collision.
Sergeant Mobley was getting out of his patrol vehicle on the Downtown Connector to conduct a “supervisory investigation” of the other DeKalb County officer’s collision when he was struck by another vehicle. Mobley was taken to the hospital, where he was declared deceased.
The other officer involved in the initial collision, who was off duty at the time, wasn’t injured, but he was understandably upset over what happened to Sergeant Mobley.
Heartbreaking news. Please join our family in praying for the friends and loved ones of Sergeant Mobley. May the Lord be a comfort to them and his fellow officers in this difficult time. https://t.co/OEHiNl7uXp
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) January 2, 2021
Chief Mirtha Ramos said, “If we are driving a county vehicle a supervisor has to respond to investigate it. It’s like an independent investigation outside the crash. We do our own supervisory investigation. When one of our officers is involved in an accident a supervisor has to respond and do a supervisory investigation. He was on his way to do just that. So, he himself was on his way to investigate an accident that had already occurred when he himself became the victim of an accident.”
Described as an exemplary police officer, Sergeant Mobley was 44 years old and a 22-year veteran of the department. According to a department spokesperson, he was often called upon to be in charge because of his work ethic. He was assigned to the North-Central Precinct and reportedly received several letters of commendation.
“Mobley was a well-respected supervisor. His peers were in the hospital. His subordinates were in the hospital. His supervisors were in the hospital and they are not mandated to do so,” the Chief said. “When you have officers flying into the hospital not in uniform because it’s their day off to show respect then you know he’s earned that respect.”
The department said he was a devoted father to his son. He was a Ford fan and enjoyed working on cars.
The Chief also said, “There is a law called the Move Over Law and when you see someone on the side of the road even if it’s not emergency vehicles you are required to down and move a lane over. Sometimes we get distracted but distracted driving can claim a life and today it did just that. Not just law enforcement but if you see someone changing a tire. We lose people daily on our highways and we just need to pay closer attention.
“It’s difficult because we face challenges every day. I’m not sure the community is aware of the challenges law enforcement officers face every day. We aren’t just running from bullets and danger we are also fighting for our lives every day.”
.@DeKalbCountyPD Officer Edgar Isidro Flores was killed while protecting the community he so bravely served. Edgar lived a life of significance— a life that mattered. My prayers are with his loved ones and fellow cops. #NeverForget pic.twitter.com/1pTxgRHa7V
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) December 15, 2018
Sergeant Mobley is the 32nd line of duty death the county has seen. Two years ago, on Dec. 13, 2018, 24-year-old DeKalb County Officer Edgar Isidro Flores was shot to death by Brandon Taylor during a car stop on Candler Road. Taylor also shot at a police K9, Indi, which caused him to lose his right eye. SWAT officers shot and killed Taylor in the return fire.