Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Michael Triplett
Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Michael Triplett - [Washington County, Missouri]
Washington County mourns loss of deputy killed in accident
The Associated Press
POTOSI, Mo. — A rural eastern Missouri county is mourning a sheriff's deputy who died in the line of duty.
Washington County Deputy Michael Triplett of Park Hills was responding to a domestic violence call Thursday. He came over a hill on winding, two-lane Highway U and veered off the highway as he rounded a curve. His car struck a stop sign and two trees, then skidded into a dirt embankment.
The patrol car overturned, trapping Triplett inside.
He was flown to Saint Louis University Hospital, where he died. He was 48.
Triplett was a police officer at Mineral Area College in Park Hills and worked part-time as a deputy. He is survived by his wife and their three children.