A late-night crash left one police officer dead Saturday night.
Stacy L. Case, 37, died as a result of injuries sustained in a car crash at the intersection of College and Park streets just before 10:30 p.m. Saturday, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department. Case was responding to a call for service on Lincoln Street when the crash occurred.
Case was taken to the hospital by EMS and pronounced dead at 11:07 p.m.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. The other vehicle involved was from the University of South Carolina Police Department, according to Highway Patrol. The driver of that vehicle also was transported to the hospital.
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“There is nothing that can ever prepare you for a line of duty death,” Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said. “It shakes you to the core. Officer Case embodied what we expect from police officers — integrity, compassion, courage and a genuine commitment to serve. All of the CPD family is heartbroken.”
Case served with the department for four years after she was hired by the city in September 2011, according to the release. Before that, she was a member of the United States Army from 1996 to 2011, where she served in the Army’s Military Police Corp.
During her military service, 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.
“The impact on the Columbia Police Department and the city of Columbia has been severe and we ask for your support during this difficult time,” Columbia City Manager Teresa Wilson said in a statement. “As a city family, we will look to one another for solace and strength. Our officers are saddened by this loss, but they are resilient and dedicated. Chaplains have been assisting staff and will continue to provide their services as needed.”
Wilson has directed that all city of Columbia flags fly at half-staff at all city facilities on Monday in honor of Case.