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Hero Down: Spokane Police Department Cpl. Jeff McCollough Dies In Golf Cart Crash

Priest Lake, ID – Spokane Police Department (SPD) Corporal Jeff McCollough died in a golf cart crash on July 15.

The Idaho State Police (ISP) said the incident occurred on West Lakeshore Road in the area of Priest Lake at approximately 9 p.m., The Spokesman-Review reported.

A 57-year-old woman was driving the golf cart southbound with Cpl. McCollough, a 52-year-old female, a 45-year-old male, and a 56-year-old male when she lost control of the vehicle.

The golf cart rolled, killing the 52-year-old corporal and injuring one of his fellow SPD officers, The Spokesman-Review reported.

Four individuals were transported to a local hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries, according to KXLY.

Cpl. McCollough was pronounced dead at the scene.

The identities of the driver and the other passengers were not immediately released.

The ISP is handling the ongoing investigation into the fatal crash, The Spokesman-Review reported.

Investigators did not respond to requests for comment on the incident and did not indicate if impairment was a potential factor in the collision, according to the paper.

Cpl. McCollough served the SPD for 23 years.

“The loss is understandably shocking and heart-wrenching for the friends and family of Jeff, as well as SPD as a whole,” the SPD told The Spokesman-Review in a statement. “Jeff was a beloved colleague and dedicated public servant.”

The department did not release further information about the longtime lawman out of respect for his family’s request for privacy, according to the paper.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Spokane Police Department Corporal Jeff McCollough, 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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