Officer Michael Anthony Partin

Officer Michael Anthony Partin

Covington Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, January 4, 1998

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Michael Anthony Partin

Officer Michael Partin drowned after falling almost 90 feet through a gap in a bridge into the Ohio River at approximately 02:30 am. Officer Partin was joining a foot chase for a man wanted for DUI, possession of marijuana, and running a red light.

Officers on the scene searched the river by air and boat for Officer Partin's body but were unable to locate it. His body was found on May 18, 1998, eleven miles downstream from where he fell into the river.

The suspect was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter in connection with Officer Partin's death and was sentenced to 6 years in prison.

Officer Partin had served with the Covington Police Department for 6 years. He is survived by his wife and child and is buried in Highland Cemetery, Fort Mitchell, Kenton County, KY.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 54

Incident Details

  • Cause Drowned

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Thinking of my friends in Covington today - present and retired. That was a horrifying night. To his family, I have not forgotten Mike. Only met him on a handful of incidents when he was in the west side of the city as I was in a neighboring small city, but I could tell, he was heading for a great career. Peace and love.
My home will be lit with blue lights this evening.

Scott Dhonau
Park Hills Police 94-98

January 4, 2021

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