UPDATE: Authorities said Deputy Curtis Bartlett hosted a K9 demonstration with ‘Tyco’ at a VFW in Hillsville just three hours before the pursuit and deadly crash.
Bartlett was killed in the wreck; the K9 survived and suffered minor injuries.
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A crash during a pursuit claimed the life of a Carroll County Sheriff’s deputy late Thursday night.
It occurred shortly before 10:00 p.m. at the intersection of Route 58 and Interstate 77.
Deputy Curtis Allen Bartlett was assisting another deputy and a state trooper as they chased a suspect. Bartlett’s car collided with a tractor trailer, which was making a left turn.
Deputy Bartlett died at the scene.
Sheriff John Gardner released a statement saying: “I ask that everyone keep Deputy Bartlett’s family in their hearts and prayers during this most difficult of times. His loss is being felt by everyone within his “family” at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.”
Bartlett was 32 years old. He joined the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office in June of 2013.
He is survived by his parents and four siblings. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.
The suspects from the car being pursued were arrested.