Chambers County Deputy Sheriff J’Mar Colin Abel Dies in Crash Pursuing Suspect

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Chambers County Deputy Sheriff J'Mar Colin Abel, pictured above, had just celebrated his two-year anniversary with the sheriff's office.

BY THE OBSERVER STAFF

CHAMBERS CO. —

Attorney Gen. Steve Marshall honored Chambers County Deputy Sheriff A’mar Colin Abel in a press release sent out on Tuesday. The statement, in response to the line-of-duty death of Abel on June 20 reads as follows:

“Alabama’s law enforcement community is saddened tonight to learn of the loss of Chambers County Deputy Sheriff J’Mar Colin Abel, who gave his life while protecting the public. 

“Deputy Sheriff Abel, age 24, a two-year veteran of the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, was marking his second anniversary with the Sheriff’s Office on the day he lost his life.

“At approximately 4:30 p.m., Deputy Abel was assisting in a vehicle pursuit of a suspect from a neighboring county when he lost control of his patrol car while rounding a curve. He lost his life in the crash. The suspect was apprehended.

“Deputy Sheriff Abel is the seventh Alabama law enforcement officer to perish in the line of duty this year, giving his all to fulfil his oath to protect and serve the public. His loss reminds us of the sacrifice that our law enforcement heroes make for us every day. We can never repay them.”

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones expressed his grief and support as well.

“Our first mission is to support Deputy Abel’s family along with Sheriff [Sid]Lockhart and all associated with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office,” Jones said. “Our position, on the loss of a brother or sister law enforcement officer is clear. We believe the fabric of law and order has suffered a tear. It is our responsibility to bring our ranks together and hold the line of protection for our communities. All while never allowing Deputy Abel to be forgotten for his and his family’s sacrifice.”

Abel is survived by his fiancée, Jasmine Gaddist, of Auburn, and his father, Martin Abel, of Rainbow City, Alabama.

Funeral arrangements have not been released.  

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