UPDATE: Raleigh police officer dies in crash

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SMITH COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) The Mississippi Highway Patrol has confirmed that a Raleigh police officer has died in a wreck in Smith County.

MHP Sgt. Andy West says the wreck happened this morning. It took place on Highway 18 near Highway 35 in the city limits of Raleigh.

Raleigh town attorney David Garner tells local media that Officer E.P. Morris died around noon Thursday.

Garner says it appears Morris lost control of his vehicle, left the road and hit a tree and caught fire.

Morris was on duty at the time of the wreck. Garner says Morris has worked as a Raleigh officer for about two years, after working as an officer elsewhere.

Garner says Morris "had a sweet spirit of service about him" and calls his death "a loss for the entire community."

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is handling the case.

EARLIER:

Emergency responders were called to the scene of what was described as a fiery crash that involved a patrol unit in Smith County.

The accident happened on Highway 18 East of Raleigh, Miss.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol is handling the investigation.