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Sheriff's deputy, 26, killed in Missouri while responding to an emergency call

A Missouri deputy died Friday evening in Miller County in the vicinity of Missouri Highway Y and Rabbit Hill Road. He was 26.
A Missouri deputy died Friday evening in Miller County in the vicinity of Missouri Highway Y and Rabbit Hill Road. He was 26.

A deputy was killed while responding to a 911 call about 6 p.m. Friday in central Missouri.

The deputy, 26, was traveling on Missouri Highway Y in the western part of Miller County when he encountered a fire truck traveling in the same direction, according to Sgt. Scott White, a spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The deputy, whose name had not been released as of Friday night, attempted to pass the fire truck in a no-passing area, White said. The fire truck was responding to a different call and did not have its emergency lights or siren on.

After the deputy crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic, he collided head-on with a Toyota 4Runner.

The deputy, who was in a Dodge Charger, was pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver of the 4Runner was in serious condition and was airlifted to a hospital in Columbia, White said.

The driver was speaking to officers on scene.

The deputy had been with the Miller County Sheriff's Office for about a year. Prior to that, he worked for the Eldon Police Department in the county.

"You have a deputy who's serving his community, responding to a call to assist someone else, and he ends up losing his life," White said.

"By far one of the most dangerous things that police officers do is drive."

White added that law enforcement officers can disregard certain traffic laws while responding to 911 calls, but "you have to use due caution. But as to what occurred here, we don't know yet."

Hills in the area reduce visibility and are the reason why the section of highway where the deputy died is a no-passing zone, White said.

The Patrol's major crash investigation unit is working the incident.

The deputy's crash did not lead to adverse consequences for whoever had phoned in the emergency to which the deputy was responding, White said.

The deputy was wearing a seat belt based on preliminary findings, White added.

The last Miller County Sheriff's deputy to die in the line of duty was Sandra Wilson, who was shot to death in 1991.

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