Cpl. Thomas K. Slay of the Columbus Police Department, Columbus Regional Multi-jurisdictional Narcotics Task Force, was killed in a vehicle crash while on patrol July 30, 2013.
About 3:00 pm, Cpl. Slay was north bound on Veterans Parkway with Deputy Brad Evans, his partner, in the passenger seat. They were working a narcotics operation and diverted their focus to assist another officer on a narcotics traffic stop.
The Narcotics Task Force vehicle Slay was driving was a black unmarked Ford pickup truck equipped with blue emergency lights and siren. The emergency lights and siren were activated at the time of the crash.
Another vehicle on the roadway failed to yield the right of way to the emergency vehicle and struck Slay’s patrol truck. The collision caused the truck to enter a broad side slide and it struck a utility pole on the driver’s side door.
The force of the impact broke the utility pole and rained down electrical lines on the truck. Georgia Power Company workers had to cut the power to the utility pole prior to rescue operations commencing.
Both officers were transported to The Medical Center where Cpl. Slay succumbed to his injuries at 3:52 pm. Deputy Evans underwent extensive surgery and his condition is reported as critical. He sustained severe head injuries in the crash and remains in the Medical Center’s intensive care unit.
Muscogee County Coroner, Buddy Bryan, confirmed that Slay died as a result of blunt force trauma injuries sustained in the crash.
Slay was a 32-year veteran of the Columbus Police Department and had previously served with the Russell County Sheriff Department. He also was also the agency’s helicopter pilot.
Corporal Thomas Slay, gone but never forgotten. EOW: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Tribute Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX
Content Courtesy of Law Enforcement Today: http://www.lawenforcementtoday.com/2013/07/31/in-memoriam-%E2%80%93-corporal-thomas-k-slay/#sthash.rfYH7X4z.dpuf
Columbus Police Department
Tuesday, July 30, 2013