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Tifton PD officer dies in wreck

Officer Terry Adams Officer Terry Adams

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - 41-year-old Shawn McCaffity pulled his pickup truck out of a parking lot on Tift Avenue at noon yesterday and into the path of  motorcycle officer Terry Adams. The 38-year-old Adams was responding to a request for assistance from another officer who was in pursuit of a suspect.

McCaffity and a passenger, 57-year-old Clint Maddox, were taken to a hospital with injuries.
Maddox was released, but McCaffity remains hospitalized in fair condition.

Traffic on Tift Avenue and came to a stand still. "It was like wooo wooo wooo and than all of a sudden bam!! And than the sirens quit. There was like a dead stop," said Copeland.

Kimberly Copeland works a few feet from Potts Road where Tifton Police Officer Terry Adams was killed. 'It was very troubling. So we went out of the office and it was very bad," said Copeland.

"When paramedics moved him, there was blood and his leg looked like it was messed up. The people in the black pick-up had to go to the hospital," said Copeland.

Copeland said that intersection is very hard to pull out of safely. But the CERT team is working to figure out if anyone is at fault. "I would have to keep my eyes there. And a car goes around that curb fast, and it is on you before you know it," said Copeland.

The Tifton Police Department was hit hard by the news of Adam's death. "They're taking it very hard. It's just beginning to sink in. I don't think we will fully realize what has happened until later on," said Tifton Police Chief, James Smith.

And it is also hurting the community. "They work for us. And they make sure we are safe and do things to help us. So it always saddens me when a cop is hurt," said Copeland. "It's going to be a big loss. He was good officer who worked hard. He was very dependable and always did a super job."

And that is how Officer Terry Adams will be remembered by those who knew him best. The Georgia State Patrol Post in Tifton is investigating that accident. Troopers refused to give us details of the crash, or tell us the names of the people in the truck and whether any charges will be filed.


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