STOCKBRIDGE, MI (WLNS) – Tonight friends, families, and co-workers are mourning the loss of Ingham County Deputy, Grant Whitaker after he was killed while serving on the line of duty.
According to the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Whitaker was pursuing a car chase after the person speeding, fled.
Ingham County Sheriff, Gene Wriggelsworth described this accident as devastating.
He says two deputies were involved in the chase; one of them, Deputy Grant Whitaker.
And that chase, is what ultimately ended this life.
Around 2 a.m. on Sunday, officials say Ingham County Deputy Grant Whitacker was traveling eastbound on Dexter Trail about one mile east of M-52 at a very high speed, chasing a white SUV.
“And as a result of that chase, Deputy Grant Whitaker lost control of his vehicle, slammed into the tree and he was killed at the scene,” Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth said.
The footage you see in the video shows the extensive damage done to Deputy Whitaker’s cruiser after slamming into the trees shown in the video, on Dexter Trail.
“We have not located the suspect that was being chased at this point,” Wrigglesworth said. “The whole investigation of both the vehicle accident and the criminal part of this is being investigated by the Michigan State Police, we’ve asked them for help on this.”
Now, State Police are piecing together what happened, searching for answers as to why the SUV tried to get away from a routine traffic stop; which is what started the chase that took Whitaker’s life.
“You expect when you go to work at the beginning of your shift, you go home at the end of it,” Wriggelsworth said. “And unfortunately, more and more that’s not the case.”
Tonight, Ingham County officers and families are mourning the loss of a family member, friend, and co-worker.
“He’s been with us only a short period of time like I say, about a year and a half, but he had done an outstanding job..we started him in corrections, moved him to the road,” Wriggelsworth said. “He had a passion for the job and died keeping our community safe.”
Whitakers fellow deputies have created a Facebook support group called Lights on for Deputy Grant Whitaker.
They are asking that for those who knew him or would like to show their support, put a blue light in their porch light for the remainder of the month.