OFFICER DOWN: Greenville, SC Deputy killed after traffic stop altercation
A Greenville County sheriff’s deputy with over 20 years on the job was killed late Tuesday afternoon and multiple others were hurt after a traffic stop that turned into an altercation along with several accidents that occurred on 1-85 Northbound near Whitehorse Road in Greenville.
The incident that began the chain of events was a traffic stop initiated by Sergeant Conley Jumper who was a road deputy with a long history working in narcotics and as a K-9 handler. One occupant of the vehicle stop initiated a physical confrontation between himself, Conley and another unnamed deputy on the side of I-85. Although the investigation is still in the preliminary stages, Sheriff Hobart Lewis detailed during a press conference after the incident that the vehicle involved in the initial traffic stop proceeded to accelerate during the struggle with deputies and collided with a tractor trailer which injured the two deputies involved in the altercation.
During the initial confusion of responding officers, a third backup officer arriving on the scene collided with the vehicle involved in the initial traffic stop.
As a result of the incident, three deputies and two civilians were ferried to area hospitals. Two of the deputies and the two civilians injured are expected to recover from their injuries, although Sergeant Jumper did not survive his injuries. Sheriff Lewis described Jumper as a larger than life character that befits his 6 foot 4 frame who was a dedicated lawman. Sergeant Jumper is survived by his wife Sarah and daughter Cat.
The collisions are being investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol and the State Law Enforcement Division.