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Sheriff Killed While Deploying Stop Sticks

Sheriff Killed While Deploying Stop Sticks

Sheriff Garry Welford

Associated Press

July 22, 2010

LUCEDALE, Miss. — Officials say a sheriff in southern Mississippi has died after being struck by a vehicle while trying to make an arrest on a road near the Alabama state line.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence said in a news release that George County Sheriff Garry Welford was pronounced dead at 4:23 p.m. after being airlifted to the University of South Alabama Medical Center in Mobile.

Lawrence said the incident happened as Welford was trying to make an arrest.

Mike Byrd, sheriff of neighboring Jackson County, said Welford was throwing spikes on a road in George County to try to stop a pickup truck when Welford was struck.

Lawrence said suspects were being sought for questioning.

George County is about 150 miles southeast of Jackson.

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