Ky. police officer struck, killed along interstate

Officer Zachary Cottongim was trying to move an abandoned vehicle when he was hit, police said

Duty Death: Zachary Cottongim - [Louisville, Kentucky]

End of Service: 12/18/2021

By Suzie Ziegler 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Metro Police Department is mourning Officer Zachary Cottongim, 29, who died in the line of duty Saturday night. 

According to WDRB, Cottongim was standing along the interstate when a driver lost control and struck him. Cottongim had been trying to move an abandon vehicle, Chief Erika Shields told WDRB. 

“There are no words to express how deeply the entire department feels his loss,” the agency wrote on Facebook. “Zach was an excellent police officer and human being and will be missed by us all.” 

Cottongim is survived by his wife and father, who both also work for the police department. 

A crash investigation is ongoing.


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