- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - An off-duty Dothan police officer was killed and another person injured in an early morning wreck in southeast Alabama, authorities said Friday.

State troopers were called to investigate following a one-vehicle crash that killed Brandon Thompson, 29, of Rehobeth.

The off-duty officer was driving a pickup truck when it ran off a road in Dothan about 3 a.m. Friday and struck a sign before slamming into a tree, said Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd.

Authorities also were investigating another accident that occurred around of time of the fatal wreck, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether the two were related.

Thompson was pronounced dead at a hospital in Dothan. A 21-year-old woman in the truck was injured, but officials said her injuries were not life-threatening.

Trooper spokesman Kevin Cook said state troopers responded to the crash at the request of Dothan Police Chief Greg Benton.

“Any life lost in a traffic crash is horrible, but it’s very tragic when it’s a law enforcement officer,” said Cook.

Thompson was a K-9 officer who worked with police dogs, Cook said.

The accident marked the second time a Dothan police officer had died in two months. Sgt. Jeffrey W. Garrett, the department’s training officer, collapsed and died of a heart attack during a training run with fellow officers in late October.

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