Sergeant Derrick Mingo
Winnsboro Police Department, Louisiana
End of Watch: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Tour of Duty: 17 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: June 4, 2016
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Chief of Police George Wilhite
Winnsboro Police Department
901 Kinloch Street
Winnsboro, LA 71295
Phone: (318) 435-4307
Sergeant Derrick Mingo was killed in a single vehicle crash on Prairie Road while responding to assist another officer who was involved in a vehicle pursuit.
His patrol car left the roadway and struck a tree in the front yard of a home. Sergeant Mingo, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries by the impact.
Sergeant Mingo had served with the Winnsboro Police Department for five years and had previously served with the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office for 12 years. He is survived by his wife.
Winnsboro Police Corporal Will Pierce said he will always remember this day, because Sergeant Derrick Mingo died steps away from his front door.
"I just woken up, and my son came to the door and said that a police car was in the yard", Corporal Will Pierce said.
Sergeant Mingo lost control of the car while driving on Prairie road and then the car smashed into a tree sitting in Corporal Pierce’s front yard.
"I got up, put on some clothes, and came out the door and saw the car wrapped around the tree. It’s going to stick with me for the rest of my life. I already know that every time I come home, or leave home, or cutting my grass that’s what I will see", Corporal Will Pierce said.
Pierce said the two officers had a special bond.
They would often see each other while changing shifts.
"We always sit, talk, joke and I always tell him before I leave be safe, in fact I didn’t get a chance to tell him last night; because when he came on duty he had a call", Corporal Will Pierce said.
Several other law enforcement agencies have sent out their condolences via social media to Sergeant Mingo and the Winnsboro Police department.
Pierce said he will remember Sergeant Mingo as a great officer, nice guy, and always the guy with a smile on his face.
The Louisiana State Police said Officer Mingo was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Franklin Parish Coroner.
Troopers do not suspect impairment to be a factor in this crash. A routine toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
An on-duty Winnsboro Police Department Officer was killed in a car crash on Louisiana State Highway 4, Prairie Road, in the early morning hours, Saturday.
Sergeant Derrick Mingo, who has been with the Winnsboro Police Department for five years, was in route to assist another officer pursuing a drunk driver.
Winnsboro Chief of Police George Wilhite stated that the crash occurred at approximately 4:30am. Sergeant Mingo left the roadway and struck a tree.
Chief Wilhite stated that this was a tragic loss. Sergeant Mingo has served the public faithfully since he was 18 years old. Chief Wilhite also stated that Sergeant Mingo was extremely dedicated to his job as a police officer. He was willing to do any task assigned and did so gladly.
Prior to working with the Winnsboro Police Department, Sergeant Mingo worked for the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office for 12 years.
Sheriff Kevin Cobb stated that Sergeant Mingo loved his job as a police officer. Sheriff Cobb also stated that on behalf of the Franklin Parish Law Enforcement Community our thoughts and prayers go out to his wonderful family.