Off-duty NC officer dies in single-vehicle crash

Officer Jason Freeman was not on duty at the time, but was driving his patrol vehicle when he wrecked


By Makenzie Holland
Star-News

SOUTHPORT, N.C. — A Southport police officer died Sunday morning in a single-vehicle wreck.

Officer Jason Freeman was not on duty at the time, but was driving his patrol vehicle around 5 a.m. when he wrecked in the area of 1269 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.

Officer Jason Freeman (Photo/Southport Police Facebook)
Officer Jason Freeman (Photo/Southport Police Facebook)

Freeman had been with the Southport Police Department for less than one year.

“It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully inform you that this morning, at approximately 5 a.m., Officer Jason Freeman of the Southport Police Department, was killed in a single vehicle wreck in the area of 1269 Stone Chimney Road in Supply,” Southport Police Chief Gary Smith said in a statement. “We ask that you keep Officer Freeman's wife and family in your thoughts and prayers as well as our law enforcement and first responders community.”

The N.C. State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, though Smith said in the statement he was unsure as to why Freeman was operating his patrol vehicle while not on duty. More information will be released as the investigation proceeds.

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©2017 the Star-News (Wilmington, N.C.)


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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