September 24, 2009
Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff James Anderson
Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff James Anderson - [Opelika, Alabama]
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Deputy James Anderson succumbed to injuries sustained when he was intentionally struck by an automobile while making a traffic stop at approximately 1:00 pm.
He and another deputy had stopped the vehicle on Lee Road 240. The driver stopped after pulling into a residential driveway. As Deputy Anderson and the other deputy attempted to make contact with the driver the man accelerated and struck Deputy Anderson, pinning him underneath the car.
The other deputy was able to remove the suspect from the vehicle and placed him in custody. Other deputies and medics arrived at the scene and freed Deputy Anderson from beneath the vehicle. He was transported to Columbus Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
The suspect was charged with capital murder.
Deputy Anderson had served with the agency for three years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
Ala. deputy run over, killed at traffic stop
OPELIKA, Ala. — Lee County Sheriff’s Deputy James Anderson died Thursday while in the line of duty. Anderson, 39, was struck by a vehicle just before 1 p.m. CDT as he approached a car during a traffic stop at Lee Road 240 and Lee Road 234 in Smiths Station, said Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones. The suspect driving the car, Gregory Lance Henderson, 31, of Columbus faces a charge of capital murder, the sheriff said.
Anderson, a three-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was the passenger in the patrol vehicle when the traffic stop happened, Jones said. The suspect’s vehicle pulled into a driveway, and the sheriff’s car pulled in behind it. The suspect turned his car to the right, as if to pull back onto the road. The sheriff’s car pulled to the right as well to block his exit, Jones said. That’s when Anderson got out of his vehicle and approached the suspect’s car while the other deputy remained behind the wheel.
“When (Anderson) attempted to make contact with the driver of the stopped vehicle, the driver accelerated forward, striking the deputy and pinning him under his car,” Jones said. “At that point, the other deputy took the offender into custody. Within minutes, other law enforcement officers and emergency equipment arrived.” Anderson was taken to The Medical Center in Columbus, where he was pronounced dead, Jones said.