Chambers County Deputy J’Mar Colin Abel was killed in the line of duty Monday afternoon. Abel was assisting the Roanoke Police Department in a high-speed pursuit of a suspect when he lost control of his vehicle on a curve and crashed.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) said in a statement, “Alabama’s law enforcement community is saddened tonight to learn of the loss of Chambers County Deputy Sheriff J’Mar Colin Abel, who gave his life while protecting the public.

“Deputy Sheriff Abel, age 24, a two-year veteran of the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, was marking his second anniversary with the Sheriff’s Office on the day he lost his life. At approximately 4:30 p.m., Deputy Abel was assisting in a vehicle pursuit of a suspect from a neighboring county when he lost control of his patrol car while rounding a curve. He lost his life in the crash. The suspect was apprehended.”

Abel is the seventh Alabama law enforcement officer to perish in the line of duty this year, giving his all to fulfill his oath to protect and serve the public,” Marshall added. “His loss reminds us of the sacrifice that our law enforcement heroes make for us every day. We can never repay them.”

“Deputy Abel’s loss is an indescribable tragedy for the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, his local community and the state of Alabama,” said ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor. “We join the rest of the law enforcement community in mourning the loss of this true profession and devoted public servant.”

Chambers County Sheriff Sid Lockhart said that Abel was transported to West Georgia Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

"Please keep Deputy Abel's family and friends, as well as the brothers and sisters of the Sheriff's Office, in your thoughts and prayer. Arrangements will be posted when determined," Lockhart said in a statement

Abel is survived by his fiancée, Jasmine Gaddist, of Auburn, and his father, Martin Abel, of Rainbow City.

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