The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of the officers who sacrificed everything to keep us safe.
Trooper Michael Slagle, 52
Tennessee Highway Patrol
January 25, 2013 – Trooper Michael Slagle died as a result of a vehicle crash caused when his patrol car hit a patch of ice. Although he was trapped inside the vehicle, Trooper Slagle managed to use his radio to summon help. One of the responding rescue units, a fire truck, hit the same patch of ice, causing it to leave the roadway and overturn onto the trooper’s patrol car while he was still pinned inside. At some point during the incident, it is believed that Trooper Slagle suffered a fatal heart attack.
Trooper Slagle is survived by his wife and daughter.
Sergeant Rick Riggenbach, 52
Chitimacha Tribal Police Department – Louisiana
January 26, 2013 – Sergeant Rick Riggenbach was shot and killed after responding to the scene of a mobile home fire where an armed man was seen leaving the area. When Sergeant Riggenbach arrived, the suspect shot him with a shotgun. The suspect also shot and seriously wounded two deputy sheriffs as they arrived on the scene. The shooter was eventually taken into custody by officers. Investigation revealed a burned body inside the mobile home.
Sergeant Riggenbach is survived by his wife, two daughters, a son, and grandchildren.