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Lance Corporal Jonathan Wade Parker | South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

Lance Corporal

Jonathan Wade Parker

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch: Monday, May 16, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 5 years

Badge # 779

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Trooper Jonathan Parker was killed when his patrol car was deliberately rammed during a vehicle pursuit of a robbery suspect near the intersection of Highway 527 and Highway 378.

The suspect had robbed a convenience store at a truck stop on I-95 earlier in the morning and was being pursued by Clarendon County deputies and Manning police officers.

Trooper Parker, who was ahead of the pursuit, had stopped his patrol car on the shoulder of the highway to wait for the pursuit to reach his location. It is believed that the suspect intentionally drove into the patrol car, causing it to burst into flames. The suspect attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended at the scene.

The suspect was convicted of murder and sentenced to life without parole. He was sentenced to an additional 25 years for failure to stop.

Trooper Parker had served with the South Carolina Highway Patrol for 5 years, and had previously served with the Sumter County Sheriff's Office. He is survived by his wife, parents, brother, and four sisters.

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Trooper Parker its been awhile. I was only about 7 or 8 when you passed but I still remember it like it was yesterday. They gave me a bracelet with your name on it and I always wear it. The years have past but you have not been forgotten. Dad still tells old police stories about you and the guys. I'm grown now and starting law enforcement. Just trying to make a difference like you guys did.

Deputy M. Brannon
McMinn County Sheriffs Office
November 5, 2016


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