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Officer Jason Freeman died in a car accident Sunday March 12, 2017. (Photo: Southport Police Department/Facebook)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Southport officer is dead after a one-car accident in Supply.

According to Southport Police Chief Gary Smith and the Southport Police Department Facebook page, it happened early Sunday morning.

Chief Smith released this statement, “It is with a heavy heart that I regretfully inform you that this morning, at approximately 5am, Officer Jason Freeman of the Southport Police Department, was killed in a single vehicle wreck in the area of 1269 Stone Chimney Road in Supply. Officer Freeman was not on duty at the time but was, however, in his patrol vehicle.

Officer Freeman has been with Southport Police Department for less than one year.

The NC State Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. I would like to express my gratitude to them, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, and all of the other emergency personnel and first responders who assisted on this extremely difficult morning.

We ask that you keep Officer Freeman’s wife and family in your thoughts and prayers as well as our law enforcement and first responders community.

At this time we are unsure as to why Officer Freeman was operating his patrol vehicle while not on duty. More information will be released as the investigation proceeds. We ask that you please direct any questions regarding the investigation to the Highway Patrol.”

We are working to get more information and will update the story as it becomes available.

A GoFundMe account has been set up in his memory to help the family with any expenses.

Southport Police Officer J.FreemanEnd Of Watch March 12th, 2017Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Southport Police Department on 12 Werurwe 2017

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