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Lee Co. deputy dies, Columbus man arrested

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SMITHS STATION, AL  (WTVM) -  News Leader 9 has learned at 12:53 PM/CST two Lee County sheriff's deputies were struck by a car during a routine traffic stop on Lee Road 240. Deputy James Anderson, 39, was pronounced dead upon arrival at Columbus Regional Medical Center.

According to the Lee County Sheriff's Department, the two deputies were attempting a routine traffic stop on Lee Road 240, east of Lee Road 230 in the Smiths Station area, when the driver accelerated forward hitting Deputy Anderson and pinning him under the car. The second deputy arrested the driver, now identified as Gregory Lance Henderson, 31, of Columbus, Ga.

Henderson is charged with One Count of Capital Murder and is currently being held in the Russell County Detention Facility.

The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is continuing to investigate at the request of the Lee County Sheriff's Department. According to the Lee County press release, "Deputy Anderson leaves behind his wife, daughter and son as well as 150 fellow members of the Lee County Sheriff's Office."

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest information as soon as it becomes available.

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