Trooper Darryl M. Rantanen

Trooper Darryl M. Rantanen

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, May 27, 1974

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Darryl M. Rantanen

Trooper Darryl Rantanen was killed when the patrol car he was riding in was forced off the roadway during a pursuit of a stolen vehicle.

During the pursuit, Trooper Rantanen's partner attempted to pass the vehicle. Before he could do so, the juvenile driver swerved into the patrol car, causing it to turn on its side and strike a tree.

The two juveniles were later arrested and the driver was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years in prison.


  • Age 36
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 15 years

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I was 13. He was the dad of my friends, my next door neighbors. He was kind, loving, funny. He had a beautiful wife, 3 beautiful sons, and a beautiful daughter. I woke up that morning to learn he was gone. But I can assure you he will never be forgotten.

Suzanne Rossi

June 26, 2019

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