Jefferson Davis County deputy dies in vehicle accident

Jefferson Davis County deputy dies in vehicle accident
Jefferson Davis County Deputy Pat Barnes, 49, died when his vehicle left Mississippi 42 near Prentiss and hit a tree. (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Department)

PRENTISS, Miss. (WDAM) _ A Jefferson Davis County deputy died Saturday night when he lost control of his vehicle while responding to a call for assistance.

JDC Deputy Pat Barnes, 49, was traveling from Bassfield to Prentiss when his vehicle went off Mississippi 42 and hit a tree.

Barnes was en route to “assist the Prentiss Police Department in a reported altercation at the Western Motel in Prentiss,” JDC Sheriff Ron Strickland said in a post on the department’s Facebook page.

“Enroute to assist the other agency, Deputy Barnes lost control of his vehicle and collided with a tree. Unfortunately, here is where Deputy Barnes succumbed to his injuries.”

Strickland said Barnes would be long remembered.

“Deputy Barnes’s sacrifice while in service to the citizens of Jefferson Davis County, no matter the span of time cannot go unmentioned,” Strickland said. “We will honor him, his family and his memory and never forget what happened to this deputy on April 10, 2021.

“SO-10 Deputy Pat Barnes. We will take it from here, (b)rother.”

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