Master Vice Conley Jumber served for nearly 28 years in the Greenville Sheriff’s Office, where Sheriff Hobart Lewis announced his death during a news conference.
“He’s an honest and passionate man,” Lewis said.
He described the 6-foot-4 lawyer as a “soft giant” who “had more credentials and advised more classes than anyone could count.”
In 2018, Jumper was awarded the Russ Zoro Award by Greenville Crime Stoppers. Greenville Police Officer Rus Zoro was killed while on duty in 1996, and is presented to officers who embody the principles of “commitment, professionalism and love of community.”
Officials said the jumper began a traffic stop just before 3 p.m. on the north lane on Interstate 85. During the stop, at least one occupant of the vehicle got into a physical argument with two deputies, and “a fight ensued.”
During the fight, the vehicle accelerated and collided with a tractor-trailer on the road, Lewis said. It is not clear what the vehicle did to move forward, he said.
Another sub-patrol vehicle responding to the situation also collided with the suspect’s vehicle at the same time, Lewis said. Three delegates and two suspects were taken to hospital with injuries.
Jumper was pronounced dead at the hospital. Wounded delegates and suspects are expected to recover, an emotional Louise said.
It is not clear if anyone was arrested. No information was available about the suspects. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.