Upstate police chief dies suddenly after cardiac arrest

OCONEE Co., S.C. (WSPA) – West Union Police Chief Charles Edward Sanders Jr. has died after a heart attack.

He was 47 years old.

According to the Oconee County Coroner’s Office, Sanders was pronounced dead shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday at Oconee Memorial Hospital.

The coroner’s report states that Chief Sanders suffered a heart attack after arriving home from work earlier in the afternoon.

Emergency response crews were sent to the home just after 5 p.m. and attempted to resuscitate him while en route to the emergency room.

The report also reads that Chief Sanders had a previous history with cardiac issues.

No autopsy will be performed, and the death will be ruled as natural.

Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw released the following statement following Chief Sanders’ sudden passing:

It is with deep sadness that we at the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office mourn the loss of our friend West Union Police Chief Charles Sanders.

I got to know Chief Sanders in my interim role as Westminster’s Police Chief in 2012 where we served together.  Chief Sanders was a humble man that got into law enforcement to help others.

The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office asks everyone to keep Chief Sanders’ family in your thoughts and prayers.”

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