23-year-old police officer killed, Neshoba County

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A 23-year-old police officer of Philadelphia, Miss. was killed in a car crash before dawn Saturday, while responding to a call for help from Neshoba County Sheriff’s deputies. 

Police officer Leann Simpson died as a result of injury she sustained from the single-car wreck shortly after 2 a.m., when her patrol car hit a light pole and flipped several times, the Associated Press reports. 

Simpson is said to have been dispatched to a welfare check of the deputies after 911 communications lost contact with them during a traffic stop on MS 16.

Cause of the wreck is under investigation. Philadelphia Police Chief Grant Myers says weather definitely was a factor in Simpson’s crash.

Myers said Simpson had been employed with the department for 15 months and that she was an “outstanding, young officer with a promising career.”

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