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Georgia Narc Killed in Car Crash En Route to Bust

An undercover officer with the Columbus, Georgia, Metro Narcotics Task Force was killed Tuesday and another seriously injured when their vehicle crashed as they rushed to assist in a drug bust traffic stop. Corporal Thomas Keith Slay, 53, becomes the 23rd person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

Corporal Thomas Keith Slay (Columbus Police Department)
According to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Slay and Russell County sheriff's Deputy Brad Evans "were on an operation and going to assist another officer in a traffic stop" when the unmarked black Ford pickup driven by Slay traveling at high speed with blue lights and siren activated was struck by another vehicle. The officers' vehicle then slid sideways and struck a utility pole, snapping it in half.

Slay was pronounced dead shortly thereafter at a local hospital, while Evans, who suffered head injuries, underwent surgery Tuesday night. Both men were assigned to the multi-agency drug task force.

Slay was a 30-year law enforcement veteran, serving first with the Russell County Sheriff's Department and then with the Columbus Police. In addition to serving on the drug task force, he was also the task force's helicopter pilot.

There is no word on the results of the traffic stop to which Slay and Evans were heading to provide backup.

Columbus, GA
United States
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Live by the sword and die by the sword . How many people have to die and be imprisoned before the public realizes that the " drug war " is a waste and a sham ? Had this cop not been in a panic to make a drug arrest and seize some assets of someone [ theft ] , this officer would still be alive and with his family . If you ruin other people`s lives over foolishness , then don`t expect the same to avoid you and your family . The tear`s of a cops family are no heavier than that of a family that just lost a member to decades in prison on a " drug " charge . What comes around  , goes around . 

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