BUCKEYE, AZ (3TV/CBS5)— A detention officer with the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office was killed in a crash on State Route 85 at MC85 in Buckeye.
According to a statement from MCSO, Detention Officer Justin Folsome was killed when his vehicle was rear-ended by a semi-truck Tuesday afternoon. “This loss is tragic and heartbreaking,” Sheriff Paul Penzone said. “I ask that Officer Folsome’s family receive all the love and support possible during this time of sadness and loss.”
"We would like to express our gratitude to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, the investigative agency on this accident, for their thorough investigation and ask that you keep Officer Folsome’s family, friends and colleagues in your thoughts and prayers," MCSO said.
MCSO tweeted about the deadly crash shortly before 11:30 p.m., several hours after it happened. "Due to the complexities of the investigation, we were not able to release details of the accident sooner," the tweet read.
Folsome has been with MCSO since June 2012 and his most recent assignment was the Intake, Transfer and Release facility.
The driver of the semi was taken to the hospital and later admitted, DPS said Wednesday morning. No other details were immediately available.
The area was closed for several hours for the investigation but has since reopened.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
It is with great sadness that we share one of our employees, Detention Officer Folsome, was killed earlier today when his vehicle was rear-ended by a semi-truck on State Route 85. pic.twitter.com/jhSZjeqyhw— Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (@mcsoaz) November 25, 2020