Marshall County sheriff's deputy killed in traffic crash - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Marshall County sheriff's deputy killed in traffic crash

Family members and colleagues gathered at The MED after the crash. Family members and colleagues gathered at The MED after the crash.
Scruggs' car after it was removed from the crash scene. Scruggs' car after it was removed from the crash scene.

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Marshall County sheriff's deputy died Friday after being injured in a one-vehicle accident on a rural road.

County Coroner Richard Anderson said Deputy Carol Scruggs lost control of her patrol car on Red Banks Road west of Holly Springs sometime before 7:30 a.m. Friday.

At the time, Scruggs was responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle outside Slayden Bank - the same bank that was part of a recent rash of robberies in the county.

According to Anderson, Scruggs was ejected after the vehicle left the road and flipped several times.  Scruggs was airlifted to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis where she was later pronounced dead.

"She died doing what she loved best, you know?" said Scruggs' sister, Linda Jones. "That's one way to look at it. She didn't suffer. God took her on in doing what she loved to do."

Deputy Bernita Fountain said Scruggs often went beyond the call of duty.

"We were very close because we were the only females there, and for a long time it was just she and I," Fountain said. "So we have a great bond and a great friendship and I'm going to miss her dearly."

Scruggs, 48, was the mother of four children and had two grandchildren. Scruggs spent over 15 years in law enforcement, and had been with the Marshall County Sheriff's Department for four years.

The accident is still under investigation.

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