SALUDA Co., S.C. (WSPA) – A SC sheriff’s deputy is dead after he crashed on his way to search for a suspect.
The Saluda County Sheriff’s Office says Cpl. Dale Hallman died early Friday morning.
The 30-year-old deputy was part of the department’s bloodhound tracking team and was headed to Edgefield County after a man ran from deputies following a police chase.
Hallman was in a single vehicle crash.
He was taken to the hospital where he died.
Deputies say the armed suspect ran from the vehicle with a child.
The child was released by the suspect and is safe.
The suspect is still on the run.
Sheriff John C. Perry says Hallman will be remembered as a devoted law enforcement officer with 5 years of service.
He was also a Lieutenant in the county fire service.
He was awarded the Medal of Valor for his outstanding service to Saluda Co.
Hallman leaves behind a wife, unborn child and two be stepsons, according to the sheriff.