Deputy Harnett killed in multi-vehicle crash
A deputy died on Darroch Road after the deputy’s car and a tractor trailer collided, a source with WRAL News said.
A Highland Middle School spokesperson confirmed the victim was 51-year-old Chris Johnson. Johnson was a student resource officer coming from Highland Middle School.
After crashing into the tractor trailer, Johnson’s car collided with several vehicles. Johnson died at the scene.
Sky 5 was above the scene. According to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, emergency crews transported two people to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The State Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
A deputy who was honored by multiple parties
According to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office, Williams has served with the Sheriff’s Office for 16 months. Prior to serving Harnett County, Johnson worked for the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years and the Dane Police Department for 9 years.
Deputies and officers described him as a law enforcement professional who was “highly respected by his colleagues in his profession and community.”
“While we mourn the sudden loss of Deputy Johnson, we recognize the impact he had on the community in which he lived, but also the community in which he served,” a spokesperson for the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office said. “Please continue to pray not only for his family, but also for those he has impacted through his dedicated service to the Harnett County School System.”
Multiple law enforcement agencies have provided statements regarding Johnson’s death, including the Raleigh Police Department.
“Our hearts go out to the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office and the entire Harnett County community for the loss of one of their dedicated public servants. RPD officers grieve and grieve with the deputy’s family and every member of HCSO and stand with them during this difficult time.”
Johnson grew up in Sampson County and was an all-around good guy, said Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thorton, who Johnson worked for in Sampson County. Thorton remembers the moment Johnson made sure the man facing eviction had a place to stay and money to move.
“That’s just the person he was. He didn’t want to throw the guy out on the street because he didn’t have family members,” Thorton said. “It is a great loss. Given the nature of his death, it is truly tragic.”
A Highland Middle spokesperson said the school will have grief counselors at the school on Wednesday to speak with students and faculty affected by the news.
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