MONROEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff’s deputy has been killed in a crash while responding to a burglary-in-progress call.
Monroe County Sheriff Tom Boatwright confirmed in a Facebook post that 29-year-old Deputy Julius “Jay” Dailey was killed early Tuesday.
Boatwright says Dailey reportedly lost control of his vehicle in a curve shortly before midnight and crashed into a tree. Further details have not been released. The accident remains under investigation.
Dailey had worked for the sheriff’s office for four months. He also served the Thomasville Police Department and Alabama Department of Corrections.
Boatwright described Dailey as always smiling and would “light up the room.”
News outlets report Dailey is survived by a three-year-old daughter and is believed to be the department’s first officer lost in the line of duty.