JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – An off-duty Jackson police officer was killed in a motorcycle crash on Thursday.

Police said the crash happened around 3:00 p.m. on Highway 80 near Battlefield Park. According to investigators, Cpl. Michael Tarrio was on his personal motorcycle when a pickup truck crashed into him.

Officials said Tarrio had been with the department for the past 12 years.

Cpl. Michael Tarrio (Courtesy: Jackson Police Dept.)

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Jackson Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba released a statement about the passing of Tarrio.

The City of Jackson is heartbroken over the sudden death of Jackson Police Department veteran Cpl. Michael Tarrio. Cpl. Tarrio was a 12-year veteran of JPD and put his life on the line to serve the community he loved. We will miss him and pray for comfort for his family, co-workers and friends.

Chokwe A. Lumumba, Mayor of Jackson