Coahoma County Deputy Sheriff Jerry
Wayne Hudgins died Friday night in a one-vehicle accident near
Mississippi Highway 1 west of Clarksdale.
Sheriff Andrew Thompson Jr. said Saturday that Hudgins, 43, was
responding to a call to Stovall Grocery when his car left Stovall
Road and hit a tree. The accident occurred about 9:50 p.m.
"There are some bad curves on Stovall Road," Thompson said.
Thompson said Hudgins was going to investigate a report of some
"suspicious looking guys" at the grocery. The sheriff said three
deputies were dispatched in separate vehicles.
A deputy who was following Hudgins along Stovall Road reported
"seeing blue lights" and then "they disappeared," Thompson
Thompson said deputy began to back track on Stovall Road and
discovered Hudgins' vehicle slammed into a tree.
An autopsy has been ordered.
County Coroner Scotty Meredith pronounced Hudgins dead at the
Thompson said Hudgins started out as a part-time deputy in
October 1996. Hudgins completed his training at the Mississippi Law
Enforcement Academy and became a full-time deputy in October 2003.
"Wayne just celebrated his fourth year as a full-time deputy,"
Thompson said. "Wayne was energetic. He never refused an
assignment and you could rest assured it will be done." Thompson
called Hudgins "conscientious. A person who was well liked in the
Funeral services are scheduled 2 p.m. Tuesday at Clarksdale
Baptist Church. A list of survivors was not available.
Story provided on-cycle by The Clarksdale Press-Register,