Patrolman Michael D. Wright, Jr.

Patrolman Michael D. Wright, Jr.

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, September 9, 1972

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Michael D. Wright, Jr.

Patrolman Michael Wright was killed in an automobile accident while pursuing a suspect on Highway 51 at 3:55 am.

Patrolman Wright and his partner were traveling northbound on Highway 51 when a struck tractor-truck traveling southbound turned left on Watkins Street in front of their patrol car. The tractor was dislodged during impact, and the patrol car went under the trailer. His partner was admitted to Baptist Hospital with a broken leg. Patrolman Wright was transported to John Gaston Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Patrolman Wright served with the Memphis Police Department. He is survived by his wife and young daughter.


  • Age 23
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicle pursuit

automobile accident, vehicle crash, vehicle pursuit

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Patrolman Wright,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Memphis. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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September 9, 2022

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