Metro Narcotics Task Force Officer Killed
Corporal Thomas Keith Slay of the Columbus Police Department was killed in an automobile accident on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, while responding to assist another officer. Corporal Slay had a long and distinguished career with the Department, including service as a helicopter pilot and Metro Narcotics Task Force Special Agent.
The Columbus Police Department released the following statement Tuesday evening: "It is with great sorrow that the Columbus, Georgia Police Department acknowledges that Corporal Thomas Keith Slay, 53 years of age, died this afternoon in the line of duty. Corporal Slay was a 32-year veteran with the Columbus Police Department where he was a Special Agent assigned to the Metro Narcotics Task Force."
"At approximately 3:00 p.m., Corporal Slay was responding, while running full emergency equipment, to a request for assistance from another unit. His vehicle was headed north bound on Veterans Parkway and collided with another vehicle. Corporal Slay was pronounced dead at the Columbus Regional Medical Center. Special Agent Brad Evans of the Russell County, Alabama Sheriff’s Department, and also assigned to the Metro Narcotics Task Force, was injured in the collision. Evans is listed in critical condition at the Medical Center."
Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren also released the following statement: "Obviously, this is a devastating time for the families of those lost and injured and for the brethren of officers that served with these men. We ask the entire community to lift Special Agents Slay and Evans up in prayer, as well as their families. We are talking about true public servants and law enforcement officers, and this is just devastating to us all."
The Motor Squad of the Columbus Police Department is investigating the incident.
The Metro Narcotics Task Force is a multi-jurisdictional force incorporating Georgia and Alabama county law enforcement, the DEA, and the Georgia National Guard.