Cleveland officer killed while joining pursuit

Cleveland officer killed while joining pursuit

May 21st, 2012 by Randall Higgins in News

Cleveland Police Officer Justin Maples

Cleveland Police Officer Justin Maples

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

A Cleveland Police Department officer was killed in a single vehicle car crash in Cleveland Sunday night. Photo by Matt Barbour.

A Cleveland Police Department officer was killed in...

Photo by WRCB-TV Channel 3 /Times Free Press.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - The Cleveland police officer killed Sunday night in a single-car crash was on his way to help another officer pursue a stolen vehicle, authorities said at a news conference this morning.

Department personnel are mourning the death of Officer Justin Maples, who was responding to help a Bradley County officer chasing a Jeep when the 9:30 p.m. accident occurred at the 1600 block of South Lee Highway, Chief Wes Snyder said.

The accident is being investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

"He was responding to a call to assist a county unit in the pursuit where a stolen Jeep was being pursued," Snyder said. "As he was enroute to that location, he lost control of his vehicle. It skidded off the roadway and struck a utility pole."

Maples, 35, is survived by his wife Danielle and three young sons.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.