Suspect arrested in pursuit that led to death of Long Co. deputy

Crime & Safety

LUDOWICI, Ga. (WSAV) – An arrest has been made in connection with the death of Long County Deputy Sheldon Whiteman.

According to Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles, Jerry Englum was apprehended by the U.S. Marshals Service in Colleton County, South Carolina around 9:15 p.m. Thursday.

He was arrested for Homicide by Vehicle, Fleeing and Attempting to Elude, and Reckless Driving.

According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) Englum had numerous outstanding felony warrants from Liberty County.

Sources tell News 3 Englum is also a suspect in a shooting in Jasper County, South Carolina and has multiple warrants there.

One week ago, officials say Whiteman was assisting in a pursuit that started in Ludowici after a police officer saw a driver running stop signs.

The 44-year-old deputy’s vehicle left the roadway on Highway 57. He did not survive the crash.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Whiteman.

A visitation will be held Friday, Jan. 31 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Long County High School gymnasium (1844 GA-57).

Funeral services will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, also at the gymnasium. Those wishing to attend the funeral are encouraged to wear blue.

Contributions to this story made by Lewis Levine, Coastal News Service

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