KING GEORGE, VA. — Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry announced on Sunday that Officer Jamel Clagett had died in a crash as he drove home from work.
“Today our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of a kind, gentle soul,” said Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry in an announcement. The Sheriff said the entire agency is saddened to announce the death of Patrolman First Class Jamel Clagett, 30, who died in a motor vehicle crash this morning on Route 218 in King George, Virginia.
PFC Clagett was driving home after working a midnight shift when his car left the roadway and struck a tree; he died instantly. PFC Clagett, a ten-year decorated veteran of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, was assigned to Patrol Operations at the District IV Waldorf station.
“Jamel was a great policeman who cared about his community and valued his fellow workers. He was known for his kindness. In fact, his last act this morning – after working an eight hour overnight shift – was buying breakfast at a local restaurant and dropping it off to our midnight communications staff, whom he considered family,” said Sheriff Berry. “Jamel always made it a point to look out for others and to make sure everyone was happy before he went home for the day,” Sheriff Berry said.
During his tenure, PFC Clagett received letters of appreciation from citizens and was honored with awards from various agencies. In 2011, PFC Clagett was recognized by the Maryland State Highway Administration for his work in DUI prevention. In 2010, PFC Clagett received a Meritorious Service Award from the CCSO after subduing a man who was armed with a knife and attempting to injure his family. In 2004, PFC Clagett received a Governor’s Citation for outstanding efforts in crime prevention and home security.
PFC Clagett is survived by his mother, two brothers and a sister. Details regarding his funeral are forthcoming.