Loved ones remember police officer killed in Tunica County car crash

PANOLA COUNTY, Miss. — A beloved Sardis Mississippi Police officer was killed in a car crash in Tunica County early Saturday morning.

The crash claimed the life of Sardis officer Courtney Pride. Pride was a police officer and military veteran.

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As FOX13 found out his best friend says Pride’s death is a huge loss for the community.

According to investigators, the crash happened on Highway 61 Northbound in Tunica County near Green River Road when his mustang left the road and hit some trees.

”Oh It’s going to be a big loss for the community Courtney Pride was an upstanding citizen and he was a very positive energy. People were attracted to him because of his personality. If someone was down he would give him the shirt off his back,” Flowers said.

Officer Courtney Pride’s best friend Eugene Flowers tells us that Pride had served his country in the National Guard and in the Air Force. He told us Pride was a Mississippi Department of Transportation enforcement officer and a police officer with Sardis PD. Flower said people loved Pride in Sardis even when he wrote them a ticket.

”Courtney had this personality that if he stopped you he was very respectful. It is hard giving people tickets but Courtney would issue people tickets and give them guidelines of how to get out of a citation. To help them because some people out here have financial problems,” Flowers said.

Flowers asks that people in the community remember how big a heart Pride had for the community.

”His ego it is like Courtney was always living his best life you would never see the man down. Kids were attracted to him he was always helping. He had just gotten married and had just had his first child and I pray for the family and everything,” Flowers said.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol tells us the cause of the crash is still under investigation.