Mississippi deputy killed in accident, another injured

Published 10:02 pm Sunday, July 26, 2020

A sheriff’s deputy has died in northeast Mississippi and a second one is hospitalized after they were hit by a vehicle Saturday night at a safety checkpoint.

Monroe County Deputy Dylan Pickle, 24, died from head trauma during surgery at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo just after midnight Sunday, according to county Coroner Alan Gurley.

Monroe County Sheriff Kevin Crook says Pickle and Deputy Zach Wilbanks were hit by a vehicle at a checkpoint in Hamilton, apparently unintentionally. Two other deputies were present, Crook said.

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“As far as the accident itself, the highway patrol is conducting the investigation, and it’s still under investigation, but it appears to be an accident,” Crook tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.

Wilbanks underwent surgery Sunday for a broken leg at the Tupelo hospital and also has head injuries.

Pickle had been a deputy before Crook was elected, the sheriff said, while Wilbanks had just become a patrol deputy.