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North Mississippi police officer killed in crash while off-duty

A north Mississippi community has lost one of their own after a crash Saturday morning.

PANOLA COUNTY, Miss — A police officer in north Mississippi has died after a crash Saturday morning.

According to the Panola County Sheriff's Office, Sardis police officer Courtney Pride was off-duty when he was killed in the wreck. He was 27.

According to the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Pride was traveling north on U.S. 61 in a Ford Mustang near Green River Road in Robinsonville around 7 a.m. when his car left the road and hit several trees.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sardis Police Officer Courtney Pride," the Panola County Sheriff's Office wrote on Facebook Sunday morning. "Officer Pride tragically lost his life in an off-duty car wreck yesterday morning. Please pray for his family, friends, and for the Sardis Police Department as they deal with the loss of Officer Pride."

Col. Randy Ginn with the Mississippi Highway Patrol took to Twitter to offer his condolences Saturday afternoon. 

"Our prayers and deepest condolences are with the family of Officer Courtney Pride and the MDPS Commercial Transportation Enforcement Division," the agency wrote. "Officer Pride died this morning as a result of a car crash."

Pride was an officer with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety's Commercial Transportation Enforcement Division. 

State troopers said they are continuing to investigate the crash.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sardis Police Officer Courtney Pride. Officer Pride tragically lost his...

Posted by Panola County Sheriff's Office- MS on Sunday, October 17, 2021