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Still no arrests 20 years after Fountain Inn officer killed in crash

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Carlton "Rick" Pope (Courtesy: Fountain Inn PD) Carlton "Rick" Pope (Courtesy: Fountain Inn PD)
Pope's name on fallen officer's memorial at Fountain Inn police department (FOX Carolina) Pope's name on fallen officer's memorial at Fountain Inn police department (FOX Carolina)
Chief Morton speaks about the anniversary of Pope's death (FOX Carolina) Chief Morton speaks about the anniversary of Pope's death (FOX Carolina)
FOUNTAIN INN, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Fountain Inn Police Department is remembering a fallen officer on the 20th anniversary of his death in the line of duty and again calling on the community for information that could lead to an arrest in the case.

Sgt. Carlton "Rick" Pope was killed on Oct. 9, 1996 in a traffic accident while chasing a vehicle suspected in a felony offense.

The following information about Pope’s death is listed on the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office’s Fallen Heroes page:

“Sergeant Carlton "Rick" Pope, 29, of the Fountain Inn Police Dept. was killed in an automobile accident on Oct. 9, 1996 as he was ending a high speed pursuit. His patrol car left the roadway and hit a patch of trees, and burst into flames. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to serious head injuries he sustained when he was ejected from the vehicle. Sergeant Pope had served 6 years with the Fountain Inn Police Dept.”

Fountain Inn police Chief Keith Morton in a news conference Monday morning again asked anyone who has information about the tragic events that led to Pope’s death to come forward.

Morton said investigators have a person of interest in the case but have not yet collected enough evidence to indict. Morton said anyone with information that could help investigators fill in the gaps can help solve the case and offer closure that's been missing for two decades.

“We would like to provide closure to this family who lost a son, a husband, a father, and a friend,” Morton said.

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