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Memphis Police Officer Scotty Triplett died of his injuries Saturday following a service accident at Hickory Hill, the Memphis Police Department reported on Sunday. He was 47 years old.

The department said its preliminary investigation found that a Nissan pulled up in front of Triplett’s police motorcycle shortly before 4:45 p.m. Saturday on Hickory Hill Road and Swaying Pine Lane. Triplett was part of a department-approved motorcade and had his lights on emergency mode at the time of the wreckage, according to the police statement.

Triplett was transported in critical condition to Regional One, where he later died.

“Tonight our community has lost a devoted servant and a good man,” Acting Director James Ryall said in a social media statement early Sunday morning. “My prayers go out to his family and to the men and women of the Memphis Police Department.”

Memphis police have arrested the driver of the Nissan, who has not been identified. No charges had been laid at the time the ministry’s statement was released, but the investigation is “ongoing,” according to the ministry.

Triplett was a 27-year veteran of the Memphis Police Department, father of two and husband of Fran Triplett, who helped organize and lead protests against cuts to Memphis City employee benefits as a result of the great recession.

“We thank him for his 27 years of service and dedication to our community,” the ministry said in its statement. “At this time, we ask that you keep his wife, children, family, and the men and women of the Memphis Police Department in your prayers.”

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland also posted a statement on social media on Sunday: “I was saddened to learn overnight of the loss of Constable Scotty Triplett. My sincere condolences to his wife Fran and to their children. And to all the men and women of the Memphis Police Department. Department who also feel this loss. “

Here is the full Sunday morning ministry statement:

Ryan Poe is a columnist and storyteller who writes The 901, a weekly commentary on all things Memphis. Contact him at poe@commercialappeal.com and on Twitter @ryanpoe.

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