Police Officer Jesse Tarplin was killed in a motorcycle crash while escorting a funeral procession during an off duty assignment at approximately 12:45 pm.
The procession was leaving the funeral home when Officer Tarplin’s motorcycle collided with the back of a vehicle near the intersection of Utoy Springs Road and Fairburn Road SW. He was transported Grady Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
Officer Tarplin had served with the MARTA Transit Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his expectant wife and five children.