Lowndes County Deputy Killed in Crash

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Posted at 10:21 PM, Feb 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-27 05:12:21-05

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) - The deputy killed while responding to the domestic call has been identified as 39-year old Michael Butler. 

The semi-truck driver is Robbie J. Register. Troopers say Register pulled Butler out of the patrol car when it caught fire. Butler died shortly after he was taken to the hospital. 

12:20 a.m. 2/26/2017

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga.(WTXL) - A Lowndes County deputy dies following a crash on Cat Creek Road. The semi-truck driver is being interviewed right now. Their names have not been released. Troopers say the deputy died around 9 p.m. Stay with WTXL for updates. 

10:21 p.m. 2/25/2017

LOWNDES COUNTY, Ga. (WTXL) -- A Lowndes County deputy is taken to the hospital in critical condition after a crash. Georgia State Patrol Sgt. First Class Tracy Tabb tells us the deputy was on-duty headed north on Cat Creek Road while responding to a domestic call and had his lights and sirens activated.

A semi with no trailer was traveling east on Norman Hall Road and crossed center line as he was trying to make a right turn onto Cat Creek, and that's when the deputy struck him on the right front.

GSP received the call at 8:26 p.m. The patrol car came to an uncontrolled stop and caught fire. Sgt. Tabb says the deputy was pulled from the car before the fire reached the passenger's compartment. GSP's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is on the scene now and so is the driver of the semi. The names haven't been released.