Trooper Michael Slagle
Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee
End of Watch: Friday, January 25, 2013
Tour of Duty: 20 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Automobile accident
Date of Incident: January 25, 2013
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available
Agency Contact Information
Colonel Tracy Trott
Tennessee Highway Patrol
1150 Foster Avenue
Nashville, TN 37243
Phone: (615) 251-5175
Trooper Michael Slagle died following a vehicle crash on Longmire Road, near Emory Road, in Knox County.
His patrol car slid off the roadway after striking a patch of ice. Despite being stuck in his vehicle, he was able to notify dispatchers of the crash and rescue crews were sent to the scene. A responding fire truck slid on the same patch of ice and flipped over on top of his patrol car while he was still inside.
At some point during the incident Trooper Slagle suffered a fatal heart attack.
Trooper Slagle had served with the Tennessee Highway Patrol for over 20 years.
A Tennessee state trooper died on Friday while on duty in the Knoxville District. Trooper Michael Slagle, 53, passed away from what appears to have been natural causes after he crashed on Longmeyer Road in Knox County shortly before 7 a.m. Friday morning. He was discovered unresponsive and was unable to be revived at the scene.
“Trooper Slagle was a 26-year veteran of the Tennessee Highway Patrol. He was a model trooper and a good man. It is a very sad day for our Highway Patrol family and all who knew Michael,” Colonel Tracy Trott said. “Our prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.”
Trooper Slagle joined the Tennessee Highway Patrol in 1986. Originally from Grainger County, he was initially assigned to Campbell County. During his tenure, he served in both Union and Knox Counties before his current assignment in the Supreme Court detail in Knox County.
Trooper Slagle became a field training officer in 2000. Outside of his duties as a state trooper, he also helped provide security for the University of Tennessee marching band in 2003.
Prior to becoming a state trooper, Trooper Slagle served as a deputy sheriff for the Grainger County Sheriff’s Office from 1978-1985.
He is a 1978 graduate of Rutledge High School in Grainger County.
Trooper Slagle is survived by his wife and one daughter. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.