Hero Down: Ludowici Police Chief Frank McClelland Jr. Killed During Pursuit

Ludowici Police Chief Frank McClelland and citizen Marvin Pope were both struck and killed by a fleeing motorist.

Liberty County, GA Ludowici Police Chief Frank McClelland Jr. was killed in the line of duty on Saturday night, when a fleeing motorist slammed into him during a high-speed pursuit.

Chief McClelland was out side his patrol vehicle on foot, attempting to block other traffic from crossing into the suspects path, when he was hit and killed, WSAV reported.

The incident began at approximately 7 p.m. on the Leroy Coffer Highway, when Georgia State troopers in Hinesville attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by 23-year-old Daniel Hill, according to WJCL.

Hill refused to pull over, and led officers on a chase through Liberty County and into Long County at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour, WSAV reported.

Chief McClelland and other officers blocked traffic from crossing into Hills path.

But as Hill approached the chiefs location, he slammed his vehicle into him. Hill then drove several feet further before he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a motorcyclist near the Flash Food gas station.

Chief McClelland and the motorcyclist, 61-year-old Marvin Pope, both died of their injuries.

Hill subsequently slammed his vehicle into a vacuum cleaner at the service station, and was taken into custody.

He has been charged with DUI, two counts of vehicular homicide, and two counts of murder.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing.

Those who knew Chief McClelland said he died performing a duty that he loved protecting his community, WJCL reported.

The 15-year-veteran of the department followed in the footsteps of his father, Chief Frank McClelland Sr., who also served as Ludowici PDs top cop.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ludowici Police Chief Frank McClelland Jr., both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Chief Frank McClelland, your life mattered.

Comments (18)
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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

From this article it sounds like the pursuit should have been called off for public safety reasons. A tragedy, but also a teachable moment. Because Blue Lives Matter.

Barbara R
Barbara R

I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for the families and the other officers and families.

angeleyes
angeleyes

RIP. So sorry for your loss both blood and blue. stay strong, stay safe.

GForce48
GForce48

RIP Brother and condolences to the family.

VicG
VicG

Condolences to family and department. Rest in Peace Chief...

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

Blessed are the PEACEMAKERS for they shall be called the SON'S of GOD. Matthew 5:9

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

Rest in peace, Chief McClelland. Thank you for your service to your community. May justice be done for your death and the death of Marvin Pope, as well.

harryres
harryres

R.I.P. your a true Hero and now your with our Lord in Heaven, prayers for family members, friends, and Law Enforcement Officers who served under him.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

R.I.P. and here's hoping the idiot who ran from him gets lots of time behind bars especially since two persons died during this chase!!!

SDLucas
SDLucas

This drunk needs to be penalized at least as severely as two counts of Murder in the first degree, in addition to all the other charges.

SICKOFITALL
SICKOFITALL

GOD BLESS CHIEF MCCLELLAND AND HIS FAMILY. THANK YOU OUR GREAT AMERICAN HERO IN BLUE.