Pastor Fatally Struck by Police Officer in Stamford

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Pastor Fatally Struck by Police Officer in Stamford
Stamford Grieves the Loss of Beloved Pastor in Police Collision

Stamford, Connecticut – In a heart-wrenching accident on Wednesday, a popular pastor, 69-year-old Tommie Jackson, lost his life after being struck by a police officer responding to a call. The incident occurred shortly after 4 pm, leaving the entire community in shock and mourning.

The officer involved in the collision has been identified as 24-year-old Zachary Lockwood, serving with the Stamford Police Department. Lockwood was operating a police sport utility vehicle (SUV) at the time of the accident.

According to the detailed accident report released by the Connecticut State Police, Tommie Jackson, a pastor renowned for his work at the Rehoboth Fellowship Church and Faith Tabernacle Church, was attempting to cross the road after picking up mail from a nearby mailbox when the tragic collision occurred.

The state police, taking over the investigation at the request of the Stamford State’s Attorney’s Office, revealed that Officer Lockwood attempted an evasive maneuver to avoid the collision but was unable to prevent the accident from happening.

Immediately following the incident, Tommie Jackson was rushed to Stamford Hospital for emergency medical treatment. Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries, leaving behind a devastated community that cherished his leadership and contributions to society.

Dorye Jackson, the grieving widow of the late pastor, serves as one of the five members of the Stamford Police Commission. The commission is an influential advisory board responsible for overseeing the operations of the local police department. CBS reported that this connection adds an additional layer of complexity to the already tragic incident.

Reacting to the news of Tommie Jackson’s untimely demise, Stamford Mayor Caroline Simmons extended her heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and the entire community. She described Jackson as a “larger-than-life presence” and a staunch advocate for social and racial justice. The mayor’s statement emphasized that the pastor’s unwavering commitment to faith and public service had left an indelible impact on the Stamford community.

At this stage of the investigation, the Connecticut State Police report has not provided specific details regarding the nature of the call that Officer Lockwood was responding to or the speed at which he was driving during the incident.

The tragedy has sparked an outpouring of support from the community, with many sharing their memories of Pastor Tommie Jackson’s inspiring leadership and dedication to uplifting the lives of others. As the investigation into the circumstances of the accident continues, the community mourns the loss of a beloved figure, cherishing his legacy and the values he represented.

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