Trooper Rick Lee Johnson

Trooper Rick Lee Johnson

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, May 6, 2000

Rick Lee Johnson

Trooper Rick Johnson was killed after being struck by a vehicle during a traffic stop on I-94 in Van Buren County, Michigan.

The trooper had approached the stopped vehicle on the passenger side, and was returning to his Chevy Tahoe cruiser when a third vehicle ran off of the roadway, and rear ended his vehicle right as he was walking in between it and the vehicle he had stopped. He was momentarily pinned between the two vehicles before the Tahoe spun into the travel lanes, trapping him underneath.
Trooper Johnson was flown to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicle which struck him received minor injuries in the crash.

On the day before the incident, Trooper Johnson had convinced a suicidal man not to jump off of an overpass near the site of the accident.

Trooper Johnson had been employed with the Michigan State Police for five years, and is survived by his wife and young children.

Bio

  • Age 35
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

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I remember this on the news. I was only 3 years old at the time but my heart was heavy. I grew up around law enforcement and idolized them. I now ride with the Michigan State Police on the same stretch of I-94 which is now dedicated to you in Van Buren County. You're sacrifice is never forgotten.

Student in Criminal Justice Spencer Stra

February 29, 2016

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