A crash during a police chase killed a Tabor City, N.C., police officer early Saturday, just hours after he was sworn in as an officer.

Officer Timothy Shane Miller died at the scene of a wreck on N.C. 940, after the squad car he was in struck another vehicle while on a police chase. Another officer was driving the car and was also injured in the crash, but his injuries were not life-threatening.

Tabor City is about 10 miles north of Loris across the state line.

Miller always dreamed of becoming a police officer, said Tabor City Mayor Marion Baxter. The 27-year-old man had worked as a firefighter and a corrections officer before going to school to become a police officer.

"His father told me that, ever since he was six, he wanted to be a police officer," Baxter said.

The crash occurred about 1 a.m. Saturday as the police car was trying to pass another vehicle and hit a Jeep Cherokee going the other way, N.C. Highway Patrol Sgt. D.L. Hewitt said. The five occupants of the Jeep Cherokee were injured and taken to hospitals for treatment. Their conditions were unavailable Sunday.

Miller was alive when rescue crews arrived at the scene, Hewitt said, but he died shortly after. "They were trying to get him out, and he was talking when they got to him," Hewitt said.

The other officer injured his shoulder and will undergo surgery today, Baxter said.