Lincolnton, NC – Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Deputy Jamie Lavar Jackson died in an off-duty motorcycle crash on Sunday, according to his department.
The 41-year-old deputy was riding his motorcycle on Wilma Sigmon Road at approximately 2:50 p.m., when he lost control and collided into a parked vehicle, the LCSO said in a press release on Monday.
He was rushed to Atrium Health Lincoln hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Deputy Jackson’s exact cause of death will be determined following an autopsy, according to his department.
Lincoln County Sheriff Bill Beam described Deputy Jackson as both a brother and a friend.
“He was an Army Ranger, so he had been in a lot of action,” LCSO Lieutenant Justin Frye told WBTV. “He was one of those guys you enjoyed having go through the door with you. If business is gonna get handled, he’s gonna handle business.”
Deputy Jackson’s career with the LCSO began in May of 2013, when he began working as a part-time deputy, according to his obituary.
He began serving as a full-time deputy one month later, and was a member of the SWAT team by October of that same year.
In 2014, he was promoted to the LCSO’s narcotics unit, where he served until late 2016.
At that point, Deputy Jackson moved into a part-time position with the LCSO while also serving with the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office, according to his obituary.
He rejoined the LCSO as a full-time deputy in January.
“We were kinda like the odd couple I guess,” Lt. Frye told WBTV with a smile. “He’s the big tall black guy. I’m the short little white guy. He’s a Democrat. I was a Republican.”
He and Deputy Jackson worked together on the SWAT team, but also enjoyed getting together outside the office.
“He’d give you the shirt off his back if you needed it,” the lieutenant said. “He was there for his friends. He was loyal. He’s a good cop.”
Deputy Jackson leaves behind his three sons, 20-year-old Corey, 16-year-old Jayden, and 11-year-old Ciawa, according to his department.
He was also expecting a fourth child, according to a fundraising page established to help his family in the wake of their loss.
“Jackson was a friend, son, brother, father, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Deputy, loved one, and so much more,” the page read.
Deputy Jackson will be laid to rest on Dec. 21, according to his obituary.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jamie Lavar Jackson, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.