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Hero Down: Greenville County Sgt. Conley Jumper Dies After Fight With Suspect On Traffic Stop

Greenville, SC – Greenville County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) Sergeant Conley Jumper died in the line of duty after fighting with a suspect during a traffic stop on Tuesday afternoon.

The incident began shortly before 3 p.m. on Oct. 20, when Greenville County deputies stopped a vehicle on Interstate 85 near White Horse Road, the department said in a press release.

During the traffic stop, “at least one of the occupants” went on the fight with deputies, resulting in a physical struggle in and around the suspect’s vehicle, the GCSO said.

As the deputies fought with the combative suspect, the vehicle they stopped suddenly accelerated and crashed into a tractor trailer.

“While the exact sequence of events is unclear at this time, we do know that another deputy’s patrol car also collided with the suspect’s,” the sheriff’s office said.

Sgt. Jumper, 52, and two of his fellow deputies all suffered injuries as a result of the series of events and were rushed to a local hospital, as were two individuals from the suspect vehicle.

The sergeant “succumbed to his injuries and was ultimately pronounced deceased at the hospital,” the GCSO confirmed.

The occupants from the suspect vehicle and the two other injured deputies are all expected to recover.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) is handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal incident.

The specific charges filed against the suspects, identified as Tornell Laureano and Ray Kelly, are expected to be released on Wednesday, WHNS reported.

Laureano appeared before a judge for a separate charge of trafficking methamphetamine or cocaine on Wednesday morning and was denied bond.

Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis said that Sgt. Jumper, a 28-year veteran of the GCSO, “was a man of integrity and passion” who “embodied the true essence of a public servant.”

“The man was as dedicated to the job as they come,” Sheriff Lewis said. “His uncanny leadership will be remembered by all.”

Sgt. Jumper “was larger than life, both literally and figuratively,” the sheriff continued. “At over 6’4” he was a gentle giant who always wore a contagious smile.”

The veteran deputy was assigned to GCSO’s Interdiction team at the time of his death, and received numerous awards throughout his storied career.

“He had more certifications and instructed more classes than anyone can count, and that’s because he always strived to be the best deputy he could be,” Sheriff Lewis noted.

Sgt. Jumper was “a tireless worker and a loving friend” who “had a heart of gold,” according to the sheriff. “He will be missed dearly by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.”

He was promoted from the rank of master deputy to sergeant posthumously.

Sgt. Jumper leaves behind his wife, Sarah, and his daughter, Kat, Sheriff Lewis said during a press conference on Tuesday.

He is also survived by his parents, sister, in-laws, “and an entire agency who is mourning the passing of a beloved friend,” the sheriff added.

A fundraising campaign established to assist Sgt. Jumper’s family in the wake of their loss has raised over $15,500 so far.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Conley Jumper, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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