SC deputy dies in crash while responding to call

PFC Michael Latu was remembered for his work ethic, ‘genius level IQ’

Duty Death: Michael Latu - [Marion County, South Carolina]

End of Service: 12/17/2019

Police1 Staff 

MARION, S.C. — A Marion County sheriff’s deputy died in a single vehicle crash while he was responding to a call. 

SCNow reports PFC Michael Shawn Latu’s police cruiser ran off the side of the road and into a bridge support at about 1:05 a.m. Tuesday morning. 

Latu was a five-year veteran of the department and had previously served as a dispatcher. In 2018, he was recognized as both Deputy of the Year and Patrolman of the Year.  

In a release on Facebook, the Marion County Sheriff’s Department wrote that ‘Mike,’ as Latu was known, was “quiet with a genius level IQ.”  

“He was the workhorse of the department and was always eager to help,” the post continued. “The voice left by our brother will never be filled. We ask for your prayers of comfort during this time.” 


In the early morning hours of Tuesday, December 17th, PFC Michael Shawn Latu was involved in a single motor vehicle...

Posted by Marion County Sheriff's Office-South Carolina on Tuesday, December 17, 2019

SCNow reports the crash remains under investigation by the state highway patrol and its Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team. 


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