Officer Robert Langley
University of Mississippi Police Department
Canine Officer, Robert Langley, 30, of Oxford died on 10/21/06 during a motor vehicle stop involving a student of the University of Mississippi. Officer Langley had stopped Daniel Cummings, 20, a second-year sophomore liberal arts major student, about 2 a.m. for speeding westbound on Fraternity Row. The driver, stopped on Jackson Avenue, suddenly pulling away, dragging officer Langley about 200 yards.
Langley suffered severe head injuries and was taken by helicopter to Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where he was pronounced dead about 11 a.m. Langley, a four-year veteran of the 30-officer department, also served in the Mississippi Army National Guard and recently became a canine officer and certified his police K9 “Truus”.
He returned in April after a tour in Afghanistan as a field artillery man and is the first University of Mississippi officer killed in the line of duty. Langley was a 4-year veteran of the University Police Department. Oxford police found the vehicle in town about 20 minutes later and soon after found Cummings a couple of miles away at his off-campus apartment. Langley is survived by wife, Lisa, two sons and two stepdaughters.