|Birth: ||Jan. 13, 1961|
|Death: ||Oct. 7, 2011|
Captain John Wayne Haddock, 50, of Grenada, a 21-year veteran of the Grenada Police Department, passed away Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, from injuries received in the line of duty.
Captain Haddock was born on Jan. 13, 1961, in Grenada to Marvin Nathan and Rosie Ann Denney Haddock. He was a member of Holcomb Baptist Church and had served in the United States Army as an M.P. He had given much of his time volunteering with the Grenada Band and the Tie Plant Fire Department, he was also a Mason.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, at 3 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church with the Rev. Fletcher Moorman officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park with Masonic Rites. Visitation was held Monday, Oct. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church.
Survivors include his wife, Angela Bennett Haddock; two sons, Nathan James Haddock of Mooreville, N.C., and John Garrett Haddock of Grenada; father, Marvin Haddock of Grenada; two sisters, Pat Havens (Roger) of Grenada and Jeanette Harrison (James) of Roswell, Ga.; and a host of family and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosie Ann Denney Haddock.
Pallbearers will be Gerald Barnett, Chris Brown, Ricky Downs, Michael Little, Darcy McCaulla, Jerry Miller, Stephen Rosamond, Robert Shuffield and Herman Simpson.
Memorial donations may be directed to the John Wayne Haddock Memorial Fund, C/O Regions Bank, Post Office Box 947, Grenada, MS 38902.
Garner-Harper Funeral Home is in charge.
Grenada police officer killed in line of duty
A Mississippi police officer was hit and killed Friday while trying to stop a car carrying two church burglary suspects as the vehicle sped toward a busy intersection.
Grenada Mayor Billy Collins said Capt. John Wayne Haddock, 50, was hit by the car while trying to put out a spike strip to pop its tires, and he died at the scene on a state highway near the town. Police said that Haddock was thrown about 200 feet by the impact.
"It's a terrible situation," Collins told The Associated Press by phone from the scene.
"He was a captain, the next thing to assistant chief. John had a young family. He was really proficient when it came to weapons. He trained a lot of our young officers. He was just one of those with all the experience that is hard to replace."
The officer was preparing to put out the spike strip when the vehicle appeared to lose control and plowed into him, the mayor said, citing a witness account. One person in the car was airlifted to a Tennessee hospital in critical condition and the other was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.
Haddock had been with the department for at least 20 years and talked about retiring in a few years.
Grenada Police Capt. James Carver said it appears the vehicle was stolen out of Tennessee, and the men inside were suspected of burglarizing a church in Grenada County, Miss. He did not release the suspects' names.
Mississippi Department of Public Safety spokesman Jon Kalahar said Haddock was ahead of the chase and had pulled his patrol car into the roadway and gotten out when he was struck.
Collins said estimates are that the car was traveling more than 100 mph at times during the chase. He said Haddock gave his life to protect others. The car was headed into Grenada, where it would have approached a busy intersection and traffic light at a deadly speed.
"He gave his life to stop this vehicle. He gave his life in the line of duty to save others," Collins said.
State Rep. Sidney Bondurant, R-Grenada, is a former reserve deputy sheriff and keeps a police scanner in his medical office. He listened to the scanner traffic Friday morning as deputies communicated about pursuing a possibly stolen vehicle that was speeding eastward into Grenada.
Bondurant said deputies discussed the possibility that the vehicle might turn onto Interstate 55. Instead, the vehicle headed into the city limits of Grenada, and deputies called for backup from the city police department.
Bondurant said he heard the chief deputy sheriff, Johnny Grantham, on the scanner.
"I got a grip in my stomach when I heard Johnny Grantham's voice, when I heard him say, 'Have the sheriff call me ASAP,'" Bondurant told AP. "I've known these guys 25 years. You know the tone of voice. You know something bad has happened."
Grenada is a town of about 13,000 about halfway between Jackson, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn.
Suspect being brought back to Grenada
A man Highway Patrol officials identified as Thomas Lee, about 40, was released from a Memphis hospital and was being transported back to Grenada late today to face charges in the death of police officer John Wayne Haddock, as well as other charges.
Officials still have not determined an address for the man.
Police officer killed today
By LEANN McCOY
"The car hit the cop, and he went flying over the car," said an out-of-town eyewitness this morning after she witnessed the death of a Grenada police officer.
Capt. John Wayne Haddock, 50, was hit and killed near the Highway 8-Interstate 55 overpass while trying to set out spike strips to stop a car involved in a high-speed chase. Haddock was a 21-year-veteran of the force, officials said.
The woman, of Water Valley, was shopping in Grenada Friday and was headed home toward the interstate in the west lane of Highway 8 when she noticed a police car coming from behind her cross the median to the east lane.
The officer got out, she said, and tried to stop a car.
"The car came toward him at very high speed," said the witness. "He tried to get out of the way, but the car hit him."
The car, described as a black Toyota, was reportedly stolen from Memphis, sources said.
Both Capt Haddock and the car were knocked down a hill onto a frontage road near State Bank and Trust.
The car rolled several times before stopping in a ditch.
According to sources, two unidentified people were removed from the vehicle and transported to Grenada Lake Medical Center. They have since been airlifted to Memphis.
City officials believe Haddock may be the first Grenada police officer killed in the line of duty.
Rosie Ann Denney Haddock (1932 - 2010)
Woodlawn Memorial Park
Created by: Ron Collins
Record added: Oct 07, 2011
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