A Dallas police officer was killed in a crash near Dallas Thursday morning, officials say.
The wreck happened before 11 a.m. on Dallas-Bessemer City Highway, according to highway patrol, completely closing the road.
Troopers say the officer was on-duty at the time of the crash but was not responding to a call. The officer ran off the road and struck a tree, troopers say.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash. The officer’s name has not been released.
Gaston County Commissioner Tracy Philbeck tweeted about the officer killed around 11: 15 a.m.
Our hearts are heavy today as we mourn the loss of a Dallas Police Officer involved in a wreck. I have spoken personally with Mayor Rick Coleman, Chief Ramey of the GCPD and Sheriff Alan Cloninger and we will be providing the town of Dallas and the Dallas PD assistance. pic.twitter.com/vhUECOabIs— Tracy Philbeck (@tracyphilbeck) November 1, 2018
Shortly after the crash, the flag outside the Dallas Police Department was lowered to half staff in honor of the officer killed.