Hero Down: LCSO Deputy Sheldon Whiteman Killed During Pursuit .......byHolly Matkin
Long County Sheriff's Office Deputy Sheldon Gordon Whiteman died in the line of duty early Thursday morning.
Long County, GA – Long County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Deputy Sheldon Gordon Whiteman died in the line of duty early Thursday morning while assisting in a high-speed pursuit.
The incident began in Ludowici at approximately 3 a.m., when a local police officer spotted a motorist blowing through stop signs around the city, WTOC reported.
The officer attempted to stop the driver, who subsequently sped off down Highway 57 towards McIntosh County.
Along the way, 44-year-old Deputy Whiteman joined the pursuit.
As they raced down Highway 57, approximately one mile from Tibet Road, the deputy lost control of his patrol vehicle, WTOC reported.
The cruiser left the roadway and crashed into the woods, coming to rest approximately 100 feet into the wood line, WJCL reported.
Deputy Whiteman was rushed to Liberty Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Prior to joining the LCSO just four months ago, Deputy Long spent four years serving the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), WTOC reported.
Deputy Whiteman leaves behind his wife, Alisa, and his sons, 16-year-old A’ron, 13-year-old Arion, and 11-year-old Shiloh, the LCSO said in a press release.