Baldwyn, MS – Columbus Police Department (CPD) Captain Stacey Deans died of natural causes at a nursing facility on Tuesday morning.
The 53-year-old police captain had been on medical leave since early May due to a severe spinal chord compression that caused the left side of his body to become mostly paralyzed, The Dispatch reported.
On May 6, he underwent surgery at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, and remained in intensive care for over a week afterwards.
Capt. Deans was discharged from the hospital in June, and had been participating in physical therapy in Baldwyn since that time.
He passed away at Baldwyn Nursing Facility on Tuesday morning, The Dispatch reported.
Prior to joining CPD, the Chicago native served with the Moss Point City Police Department, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office, and as assistant chief of the Scooba Police Department, according to his obituary.
In June of 2018, the 25-year law enforcement veteran was hired to lead the CPD Criminal Investigation Division, Columbus Mayor Robert Smith said in a Facebook post.
“During his work with our city, we came to know and love him as a kind and caring gentleman,” Smith wrote. “He used his lifetime of experience in law enforcement to help others every day. He was always focusing on others in his family and professional life.”
Capt. Deans previously earned a Master’s degree in forensic psychology, and was also commissioned as a Kentucky Colonel by Kentucky Governor Steven Beshear in 2008, according to his obituary.
Just one week before his death, the Columbus Community Benefit committee and the mayor’s office hosted a fundraiser to help the veteran law enforcement officer with his medical expenses, Smith said in his social media post.
“Captain Deans attended the event and he was strongly encouraged by the love shown to him by the community,” he said.
“My condolences and prayers are with his family and friends during this time,” the mayor continued. “The work of Captain Deans will continue with those he trained and led in Columbus. We will miss him.”
Capt. Deans leaves behind his wife, Yolanda Bounds, as well as his four children and four grandchildren, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his siblings.
A fundraising campaign established to help pay for Capt. Deans’ medical expenses has raised just over $1,100.
Capt. Deans will be laid to rest on Sept. 3, according to his obituary.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Columbus Police Department Captain Stacey Deans, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.