Crime & Courts

Death of off-duty trooper mourned by SC Highway Patrol, and is being investigated

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said Jesse D. Cannon, one of its troopers, died Saturday.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol said Jesse D. Cannon, one of its troopers, died Saturday. South Carolina Department of Public Safety

The South Carolina Highway patrol said it is mourning the death of a trooper who died Saturday.

Jesse D. Cannon was off duty when he died around 2:30 p.m. in Greenville, the highway patrol said in a news release.

The 26-year-old was single and had no children, South Carolina Department of Public Safety Captain Roger Hughes said to The State.

The trooper first class was a member of the Troop Eight Criminal Interdiction Unit as a dog handler since 2014, and previously was a member of Troop Three, according to the news release.

“The Highway Patrol extends its deepest sympathies to the Cannon family,” SCDPS Director Leroy Smith said in the news release. “Our hearts are heavy as we continue to keep TFC Cannon’s family as well as the members of the Troop Eight and Troop Three teams in our thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time.”

According to the news release SCHP Col. Chris Williamson said, “Trooper Cannon took great pride in his work and served his department well as a member of our Criminal Interdiction Team. We will continue to stand alongside the Cannon family during the difficult days ahead.”

There is no word on how Cannon died.

Deputies received a call after a dead man was found at a Greer residence, Lt. Ryan Flood of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office told The State.

Flood confirmed Cannon’s death is being investigated by the sheriff’s office, but said “no foul play is suspected.”

Cannon’s cause of death will be determined by the Greenville County Coroner after an autopsy is performed.

This is a developing story, check back for updates.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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