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Maryland sheriff’s deputy killed when car slams into tree in King George

Posted at 9:35 PM, Dec 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-21 21:57:24-05
Jamel L. Clagett

Jamel L. Clagett

KING GEORGE COUNTY, Va. — A 30-year-old Maryland sheriff’s deputy was killed when his car slammed into a tree Sunday morning in King George County.

Virginia State Police said the single-vehicle wreck happened on Route 218(Caledon Road) at Chatterton Lane (Route 641) at 7:45 a.m.

“A 2013 Ford Taurus was traveling west on Route 218 (Caledon Road), when it ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree,” wrote Sergeant Stephan M. Vick in an email. “The driver and only occupant of the car, Jamel L. Clagett, 30, of King George, Va., died at the scene.”

Officials said Clagett, who was a ten-year decorated veteran of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland, was driving home after working a midnight shift when the accident happened.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office said Clagett was assigned to Patrol Operations at the District IV Waldorf station.

“Jamel was a great policeman who cared about his community and valued his fellow workers. He was known for his kindness. In fact, his last act this morning – after working an eight hour overnight shift – was buying breakfast at a local restaurant and dropping it off to our midnight communications staff, whom he considered family,” Sheriff Berry said in a post on the sheriff’s office Facebook page. “Jamel always made it a point to look out for others and to make sure everyone was happy before he went home for the day.”

The sheriff’s office said Clagett is survived by his mother, two brothers and a sister.

The Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team is assisting with the crash investigation.

Officials said the investigation into the crash remains ongoing.