Police Officer Stacy Lynn Case
Columbia Police Department, South Carolina
End of Watch: Saturday, November 7, 2015
Tour of Duty: 19 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: November 7, 2015
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police Skip Holbrook
Columbia Police Department
1 Justice Square
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 545-3500
Police Officer Stacy Case was killed in a vehicle crash when her patrol collided with a University of South Carolina Police Department patrol car at the intersection of College Street and Park Street.
She was responding to a call of shots fired when the collision occurred at approximately 10:30 pm. She was transported to Palmetto Health Richland Hospital where she succumbed to her injuries a short time later. The shots fired report was discovered to be a suicide.
Officer Case had served as a military police officer in the U.S. Army for 15 years and had served with the Columbia Police Department for four years.
A Meridian graduate who died in the line of duty Saturday was to be honored today by her brothers and sisters in blue at a public service in South Carolina. Columbia Police Officer Stacy L. Case will be buried in Midland at a later date.
Case, a 1996 Meridian grad, was responding to a call involving a suspected suicide about 10:30 p.m. Saturday when the patrol cruiser she was driving collided with a University of South Carolina police patrol car, the Officer Down Memorial Page states. She was taken to the Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, where she died a short time later.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol’s Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team is investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.
The open-to-the-public funeral service was to be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the Township Auditorium in Columbia, states her obituary from the Dunbar Funeral Home.
“There is nothing that can ever prepare you for a line of duty death, it shakes you to the core,” Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook stated in a post on the department’s Facebook page. “Officer Case embodied what we expect from police officers — integrity, compassion, courage and a genuine commitment to service. All of the CPD family is heartbroken.”
Case, 37, was born in Midland County to Ronald Gene Potts Sr. and Josephine Case Potts.
After high school graduation, she joined the U. S. Army from 1996 to 2011, where she served in the Army’s Military Police Corps. During her military service, Officer Case received several awards including the Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Award, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation and a Good Conduct Award.
Case earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Limestone College, and was hired by the City of Columbia in September 2011. Her assignments included working with the North Region’s A Squad and the East Region, serving as community officer in the Community Services Division, as a crime prevention officer, and a team member in the RISK Program, which is designed to help at-risk youth.
In November 2014, she enrolled in emergency management studies at Columbia College.
Case is survived by her parents and three brothers, Joseph Case, Jason Case and Ronald Gene Potts Jr.
Memorials may be made to PNC, c/o Officer Stacy Case Memorial Fund, 701 Gervais Street, Columbia, S.C., 29201 or dropped off at any PNC bank branch. See the obituary at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/thestate/obituary.aspx?n=stacy-lynn-case&pid=176411498&fhid=5564#sthash.Dlfc9JWq.dpuf