Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Michael Triplett

Officer Down: Deputy Sheriff Michael Triplett - [Washington County, Missouri]


Biographical Info

Age: 48

Cause of Death: Automobile Accident

Additional Information:
  Deputy Triplett had served for two years as a part-time deputy for the department, and also served as a security officer for Mineral Area College. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Incident Details:
Deputy Michael Triplett was killed in an automobile accident while responding to a domestic disturbance call at approximately 12:00 pm. He was flown to St. Louis University Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

End of Watch: Thursday, November 29, 2007

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.

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