State trooper dies on duty in Knoxville

State trooper dies on duty in Knoxville (Image 1)

A Tennessee State Trooper died while on duty in Knoxville early Friday morning.

Authorities reported Trooper Michael Slagle passed away from natural causes after he crashed on Longmeyer Road in Knox County just before 7 a.m.

The 53-year-old was found unresponsive at the scene. He was unable to be revived.

“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.”

Slagle originally joined THP in 1986. He was initially assigned to Campbell County.

Trooper Slagle became a field training officer in 2000.

Prior to becoming a state trooper, Trooper Slagle served as a Deputy Sheriff for the Grainger County Sheriff's Office from 1978 to 1985.

Slagle is survived by his wife and daughter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

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