Fallen deputy's funeral set for Sunday

EDGECOMBE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - An Eastern Carolina law enforcement officer who was killed in the line of duty will be laid to rest on Sunday.

Edgecombe County Deputy David Manning was killed Sunday night when his patrol car lost control during a pursuit and struck another vehicle.

Manning just began working as a deputy in November,

His funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the Fleming Building on the campus of Edgecombe Community College.

The driver who Manning was attempting to pull over ended up crashing their vehicle in a separate mishap. Authorities say that driver ran from the scene and has yet to be located.


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The name of an Eastern Carolina sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty Sunday night has been released.

The Highway Patrol says Deputy David Manning was pursuing a vehicle on Highway 111 about three miles south of Tarboro when he lost control of his patrol car in a curve.

The 24-year-old deputy was thrown from his vehicle when it hit an oncoming Chevy pickup truck head on. The two people inside the pickup truck had minor injuries, according to troopers.

Sheriff Clee Atkinson says Manning noticed a traffic violation and was attempting to stop the vehicle. He says that vehicle crashed two-tenths of a mile from where the deputy wrecked his vehicle and the driver took off running.

The sheriff said after an extensive search, the driver wasn't found.

The deputy graduated from basic law enforcement training in November from Edgecombe Community College. He started working for the sheriff's office on November 8th.


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An Eastern Carolina community is mourning the loss of an Edgecombe County Sheriff's Deputy after officials say he died in the line of duty Sunday evening.

Edgecombe County Sheriff Cleveland Atkinson says around 6:17 p.m. a deputy died in a car accident on N.C. Hwy 122/111. The sheriff says a patrol car and another vehicle collided as the deputy was heading south and the other vehicle was traveling north on the highway.

No word yet on the names of the victims or what caused the crash.

"I am truly saddened by the loss of one of our deputies as a result of this collision. Our hearts go out to both families involved. Please keep us all in prayer," Atkinson said.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol says troopers are investigating the crash.