HomeLocal NewsTragic Accident Claims Life of Sworn Law Enforcement Officer on Highway 6Tragic Accident Claims Life of Sworn Law Enforcement Officer on Highway 6Tue, September 5, 2023 by Andranita WilliamsSHARE NOW On Monday, September 4th, 2023, around 11:00 a.m. on Highway 6 in Panola County, Mississippi. While en route to Jackson, a Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper and a Sworn Law Enforcement Officer from the Department of Public Safety encountered a two-vehicle collision.Before their arrival, a 2016 Ford F-150, driven by 21-year-old Benjamin Jackson of Southaven, MS, was heading west on Highway 6. Tragically, it collided with a 2002 Lincoln LS, driven by 64-year-old Dewitt Cole of Sardis, MS, who was also traveling in the westbound direction.After the collision, the retired Trooper and current Sworn Law Enforcement Officer with DPS, 62-year-old Michael Griffin of Ripley, MS, stopped to assist the driver of the Lincoln. However, the vehicle rolled in a devastating turn of events, leading to a fatal outcome. Michael Griffin sustained severe injuries from the incident and was pronounced deceased at the scene.