ABILENE, Texas (KTAB) – It’s been ten years since Abilene Police Officer Jeff McCoy was killed in the line of duty.
He was hit by a drunk driver on South 14th while he was on duty on June 5, 2007.
“Jeff was actually working midnight shift on E company and I was working the community services division as a Sergeant,” stated McCoy’s friend and coworker Lt. Joe Tauer, “and I got the phone call notifying me that he had been involved in a motor-vehicle collision.”
Officer McCoy was hit when a driver crossed into his lane. He died from his injuries.
“It was very somber driving to work that day,” added Lt. Tauer. “It’s one of those things it’s hard to absorb.”
Especially for one that hits so close to home.
“We get into a lot of situations where we get a lot of close calls and stuff but never where it strikes close to home,” Lt. Tauer said.
The man who was charged with killing Officer Jeff McCoy was convicted of Intoxication Manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison.