Photo: Officer Alan McCollum
Two Corpus Christi police officers were hit by a vehicle during a traffic stop last night and one of the officers later died.
Police say three police units were parked on the side State Highway 358 when it happened. During the traffic stop a passing vehicle hit one of the police units injuring two officers in the process. One of the officers, 46-year-old Officer Alan McCollum, died from his injuries. The other officer, Michael Love, sustained major injuries and is recovering at a local hospital.
McCollum was a seven-year veteran of the department and had twenty-one years of service as a highly decorated Army veteran.
The Corpus Christi Police Department released the following statement:
"On January 31, 2020, the Corpus Christi Police Department suffered the untimely passing of Officer Alan McCollum who was killed in the line of duty at age 46. We mourn the loss of a great co-worker, friend, husband and father. There are few words to express the pain in our loss not only to the Corpus Christi Police Department but to our community.
Officer McCollum served with the Corpus Christi Police Department for seven-years and was a twenty-one-year highly decorated Veteran of the United States Army. Officer McCollum was awarded numerous decorations, medals, badges, citations, campaign ribbons; to include being a recipient of the Bronze Star.
Officer McCollum was a valued member of our Honor Guard, our SWAT Team and earned a life saving award.
Officer McCollum is survived by his wife and three children."
Officer Love remains hospitalized. Love has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department since July 2017.
Photo: Officer Michael Love