March 29, 2014 10:38:16 PM
Don English, chief investigator with the Columbus Police Department, died Friday morning at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. He was 58.
Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said English died of complications from heart failure.
English, a native of New Orleans, served in law enforcement for 37 years. He was hired as commander of investigations at CPD in December.
Chief Selvain McQueen said the department was saddened by the unexpected loss of English.
"Commander English was diligent in making Columbus a safer place to live," McQueen said in a statement. "He was eager to learn of Columbus. Commander English was a welcomed addition to the staff and will be sorely missed."
Chief Operations Officer David Armstrong said English was a good man, as well as a good officer.
"Don was a great guy and a great commander," Armstrong said. "I've been around law enforcement in my former career as a prosecutor. He was very good at what he did and very experienced. He will be greatly missed."
Mayor Robert Smith said English's passing is a loss to the department and to the city.
"His passing is a huge loss to the city," the mayor said. "He was a very experienced and knowledgeable detective and he was a great asset to the city and it's a big loss not only to the Columbus Police Department but to the city of Columbus."
Funeral arrangements were incomplete at press time.
Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.
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