Johnston Police Officer, Saluda Native Killed in Car Accident in Line of Duty

It happened in the small town of Johnston. Corporal James Chapman died in a crash while he was responding to an emergency call. Sierra Cummings sat down with Johnston Police Chief to talk about the department's loss.

EDGEFIELD COUNTY, SC (WLTX) - A Johnston Police officer died following a car accident in the line of duty Friday night, according Johnston Police Chief Lamaz Robinson.

Corporal James Eric Chapman, 30, of Saluda died from head trauma late Friday evening, according to the Edgefield County Coroner's Office. 

Chapman was responding to a call for backup when his car swerved off of Highway 23, hit several trees and was thrown from his car, according to SC Highway Patrol. Chapman was transported to Augusta University Medical Center, where he later died. The accident remains under investigation, according to S.C. Highway Patrol.

A native of Saluda, where he was currently living, Chapman joined the Johnston Police Department in July 2015, where he rose to the rank of corporal. Before joining the department, Chapman served in the U.S. Marine Corps during which time he was deployed to Afghanistan. 

Funeral services for Chapman, which will be open to the public, will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13. The funeral location has been changed from the Saluda Church of God on Jennings Street to Saluda Baptist Church on West Wheeler Drive. Chapman will be buried at Ridge Spring Memorial Garden in Ridge Spring.

The family will receive friends at Ramey Funeral Home in Saluda from 6 - 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

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