A Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy assigned to the agencies’ Uniformed Patrol Division is unharmed after returning to his department-issued patrol cruiser, a Ford Crown Victoria, and discovering that it was engulfed in flames. At approximately 12 p.m., a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to a 911 call at 9327 Middle Warren Road on Sunday, April 9. The deputy returned to his patrol cruiser, noticed flames in the engine compartment and immediately radioed to dispatch, who contacted the Highway 15 Volunteer Fire Department to extinguish the fire.

“The deputy’s service issued shotgun, which was in the vehicle, was able to be removed, but not before several rounds of live ammunition were heard inside the vehicle. Thankfully the deputy was unharmed. Property can be replaced but a life cannot,” said the sheriff’s spokesman and operations commander Maj. Lafayette Woods Jr.

Highway 15 Volunteer Fire Department firefighters arrived on the scene and extinguished the fire. The investigation has begun to determine what may have caused the fire.