Chief of Police Francis A. McClelland, Jr.

Chief of Police Francis A. McClelland, Jr.

Ludowici Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, September 15, 2018

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Francis A. McClelland, Jr.

Chief of Police Frank McClelland was struck and killed by a vehicle being pursued by other officers shortly after 7:00 pm.

The pursuit had started in Liberty County and continued through Hinesville and into Long County on Highway 84 at speeds topping 100 mph. Chief McClelland was attempting to stop traffic at the intersection of Highway 84 and McDonald Street when the vehicle struck him. The vehicle then left the roadway and fatally struck a motorcyclist at an adjacent gas station before coming to rest.

The fleeing subject was taken into custody at the scene. He was charged with two counts of murder, vehicular homicide, and DUI.

Chief of Police McCllelland was a U.S Air Force veteran of the Vietnam war.

Bio

  • Age 69
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge 801
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit
  • Weapon Automobile; Alcohol involved
  • Offender Charged with murder

drunk driver, vehicle pursuit

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Francis was killed in the line of duty.

To the McClelland family, fellow officers, and all who call Chief McClelland beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support. I hope that as the first anniversary of your loved one's untimely death approaches, that you continue to receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Chief McClelland gave to his community and the citizens of Georgia and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 15, 2018.

Phyllis Loya
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September 5, 2019

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