November 12, 2002

Wildlife Officer Killed In Crash

JACKSON - Conservation Officer Mst. Sgt. Michael Andrews, 43, of Tylertown was killed last night when his pickup truck ran off the road as he was responding to a headlighting call, according to the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.

Andrews, a nine-year veteran with the agency, received a call about 7 p.m. from the Walthall County Sheriff's Department concerning headlighting deer north of Tylertown.

Andrews was on Harveytown Road when he lost control of his vehicle on the rain-slick highway, ran off the road, and struck a pine tree.

"This is a sad day for our agency," said T. J. Jennings, director of law enforcement, wildlife, and fisheries. "Our heart-felt sympathy and prayers go out to Officer Andrews' family."

Andrews leaves behind his wife, Tonya, and two children ages 16 and 11 years.