Stockbridge native, 25 year old Grant Whitaker, lost his life while protecting and serving his community Sunday, December 7.
Grant, a deputy for the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office, joined in the pursuit of a fleeing suspect with another deputy, and while traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Dexter Trail, about one mile east of M-52, his patrol vehicle left the road and hit a tree. Michigan State Police are investigating the circumstances of the crash.
The incident happened at about 2am and the fleeing driver remains at large according to Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth. The suspect vehicle is described as a white, full size SUV. The chase began on Chapman Road in Stockbridge Township.
Grant began his police career as a police officer with the Stockbridge Police Department before joining the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office 18 months ago.
Stockbridge Police Chief Johnnie Torres said “the entire Stockbridge Police Department was deeply saddened to hear that our brother and friend, Grant Whitaker, was killed in the line of duty Sunday morning. Deputy Whitaker was a member of the SPD for over 2 years; first as a reserve officer and then as a part-time officer. He was young and full of life. The Prince of Stockbridge and everyone loved him. I really enjoyed working with Grant and I was sorry to lose him; yet, I was so proud to see him move on to a full-time position with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Department.He had his whole life ahead of him and it is just so heartbreaking to lose him so young. He served his community well and gave his life trying to uphold the law. He was a good man. We will miss him. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the Whitaker family.”
“Grant was a fine deputy filled with promise,” said a statement from the Pinckney Police Force. “He died performing the job he loved.”