Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance passes away at 63
- Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance died at 63
- He had tested COVID positive last month
- The reason of the death is unknown
Hinds County Sheriff Lee Vance has passed away. Cpt. Tyree Jones confirmed the information on Wednesday, saying, “The coroner hasn’t made it here, so I can’t confirm anything other than he’s deceased.” “Once we get more information, we’ll make it available.”
The Hinds County Sheriff's Office took to Twitter to share the news and wrote, “At 11:12 AM, AMR responded to the residence of Hinds County Sheriff Lee D. Vance regarding a medical emergency. Sheriff Vance was non-responsive when medical personnel arrived and pronounced deceased. The Coroner has been dispatched to the residence.”
Lee Vance had tested COVID positive, which was announced on July 23. According to the officials, he had not come back since testing positive. However, if the two were somehow related remains unknown. Vance worked at the Jackson Police Department and as Hinds County sheriff later. He spent more than 30 years in law enforcement, defeating Sheriff Victor Mason in the 2019 Democratic runoff.
In an interview with WAPT a month after he took office, he shared his policing strategy and said, "We show leadership, bring everybody together -- local, county, state and federal -- in order to make Hinds County safer.”
This came after the Hinds County Detention Center and Work Center in Raymond reported a COVID outbreak last month. 60 detainees reportedly tested positive for the virus, along with 14 employees.
Leaders, including Vance, Undersheriff Allen White and Cpt. Tyree Jones contracted the virus. Cpt. Tyree Jones Jones tested negative for last week, confirming that he was on the path to recovery. Allen White, on the other hand, had been released from the hospital after being admitted for COVID-related double-pneumonia.
Lee Vance was 63 when he died. He had served as a longtime officer with the Jackson Police Department, serving as chief between 2014 and 2017.