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Edgecombe County deputy killed in car crash

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Rocky Mount Telegram

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

ROCKY MOUNT — A 24-year-old deputy from the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office was killed during a two-car crash on Sunday.

He was in pursuit of another vehicle at the time of the crash, officials said.

Edgecombe County Sheriff Clee Atkinson said Deputy David Lee’Sean Manning was killed in the line of duty. Manning had been employed with the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office since Nov. 8.

“He was an awesome young guy, who had great energy and was part of the future moving forward at the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office,” Atkinson said. We are truly saddened by the loss of Deputy Manning. All parties involved in this fatal collision will continue to be in our prayers.”

Atkinson said the sheriff’s office received a call at 6:17 p.m. on Sunday that there had been a collision involving one of its patrol units. 

Mary Collins, office assistant at the N.C. Highway Patrol station in Rocky Mount, said Manning was traveling south on N.C. 111 when he moved to pursue a vehicle traveling north on N.C. 111. Atkinson said Manning had noticed a traffic violation.

Collins said Manning proceeded to turn around in his patrol car in pursuit of the vehicle and traveled south on that same road. She said Manning went around a curve, crossed the centerline and collided head on with a Chevrolet Silverado.

Atkinson said Manning succumbed to his injuries at the scene. The Silverado’s occupants sustained serious to non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

The suspect who Manning was pursuing was driving a Nissan Altima, and later collided with a ditch bank near the fatal wreck, Atkinson said.

The driver got out and ran from the scene. Law enforcement officers were unable to locate the individual, despite a K9 search by the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office and surrounding agencies, he said.

Atkinson said more than 100 officers, including the Tarboro Police Department, Rocky Mount Police Department, Nash County Sheriff’s Office and other surrounding agencies showed up to assist at the scene and offer support.

“We got great support from our neighboring agencies, which was big time for us because we had to send a couple squads home because it was really emotional,” he said.

Atkinson said the crash investigation is being handled by the Highway Patrol. The agency’s Traffic Reconstruction Unit was called in to examine the scene.

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