Deputy Sheriff Carol Scruggs Marshall County Sheriff’s Department Mississippi End of Watch: Friday, June 25, 2010

Photograph: Deputy Sheriff Carol Scruggs Patch image: Marshall County Sheriff's Department, Mississippi

Deputy Sheriff Carol Scruggs
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department
Mississippi

End of Watch: Friday, June 25, 2010

Biographical Info
Age: 48
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: Friday, June 25, 2010
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Deputy Carol Scruggs was killed in an automobile accident while responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle at 7:30 am. The vehicle was seen at a bank that had recently been robbed.
She was ejected from her patrol car after it left North Red Banks Road and flipped over several times in an adjacent field. She was flown to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where she succumbed to her injuries.
Deputy Scruggs had served with the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department for four years.

Agency Contact Information
Marshall County Sheriff’s Department
819 West Street
Holly Springs, MS 38635
Phone: (662) 252-1311
Please contact the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

 

Deputy Carol Scruggs lost control of her car while driving up Red Banks Road from Highway 78 about 7:45 a.m.
Deputy Scruggs’ family and fellow officers rushed to the MED after hearing she’d been in an accident. She was taken into surgery immediately but doctors couldn’t save her.
Her family rushed to her bedside at the MED after hearing she’d been involved in a crash.
"They said come straight to the MED because they had brought her to the MED and it didn’t look good," said Linda Jones, sister.

Viewer video shows Hospital Wing flying Deputy Scruggs to the MED. Witnesses say she struck a pole and was thrown from her patrol car. She was on her way to answer a call about a suspicious vehicle outside a Slayden Bank. The bank was robbed a few weeks ago. The crash is still under investigation.
"She was a great officer. She loved her job and people. We worked together a long time. We had each other’s back when things were rough," said Capt. Bernita Fountain.

Scruggs, who had been with the department since July 2006, grew up in Benton County but had lived in Marshall County, in the Victoria community, for a number of years.

Her family says law enforcement was her life. She lived to protect and serve and died doing it.
Her sister said, "She died doing what she loved best so that’s one way to look at it. She didn’t suffer. God took her on in, doing what she liked to do."
She leaves behind 4 children the youngest of whom is a girl who just graduated from high school and 2 grandchildren and a brotherhood and sisterhood of officers that also thought of her as family.

Capt. Fountain said, "It was 5 of us and we were very close. We were the only females there for a long time. It was just she and I. So, we have a great bond and a great friendship and I’m going to miss her dearly."

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