UPDATE 11: 15 p.m. 6/20/2022: News 3 spoke to Chambers County Sheriff Sid Lockhart who said the following on Abel’s passing.

“He’s a very nice young man… I never did, can’t remember any complaints I’ve ever received on him. He’s always been so professional and did an outstanding job… his fiancé was seven months pregnant with their child.”

The entire interview with Sheriff Lockhart can be found here.

UPDATE 11:05 p.m. 6/20/2022: Attorney General Steve Marshall issued the following statement on the loss of Deputy Abel.

“Alabama’s law enforcement community is saddened tonight to learn of the loss of Chambers County Deputy Sheriff J’Mar Colin Abel, who gave his life while protecting the public.   

“Deputy Sheriff Abel, age 24, a two-year veteran of the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office, was marking his second anniversary with the Sheriff’s Office on the day he lost his life. 

“At approximately 4:30pm, Deputy Abel was assisting in a vehicle pursuit of a suspect from a neighboring county when he lost control of his patrol car while rounding a curve.  He lost his life in the crash.  The suspect was apprehended. 

“Deputy Sheriff Abel is the seventh Alabama law enforcement officer to perish in the line of duty this year, giving his all to fulfil his oath to protect and serve the public.  His loss reminds us of the sacrifice that our law enforcement heroes make for us every day.  We can never repay them.” 

CHAMBERS COUNTY, Ala. (WRBL) – Tragedy strikes the Chambers County Sheriff’s office as Sheriff Sid Lockhart confirms one of their deputies was killed in the line of duty on the deputies’ second anniversary with the sheriff’s office.

On Monday, June 20, 2022, Deputy J’Mar Abel was assisting Roanoke Police Department in a vehicle chase. Deputy Abel lost control of his vehicle on County Road 278. Deputy Abel was transported to West Georgia Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased. 

Deputy Abel was with the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office for 2-years, with today being his anniversary with the department. 

Please keep Deputy Abel’s family and friends, as well as the brothers and sisters of the Sheriff’s Office, in your thoughts and prayer. 

Arrangements will be posted when determined.