Trooper Rick Lee Johnson

Trooper Rick Lee Johnson

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, May 6, 2000

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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 served with the Michigan State Police for five years. He is survived by his wife and young children.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

traffic stop

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Rick, you are not forgotten, and you are very much missed. Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. You were the only man for your wife. Her love for you has never wavered. I know how proud you must be of your family. Your Son reminds me so much of you. His smile, attitude, and sense of humor is so much like you. When I am speaking with him it feels like I am speaking with you. Your daughter has grown up to be a beautiful person inside and out. They all love you very much. Your father and mother have looked out for your family and have been a mother and father to your wife and children.

You are never forgotten!
Rest In Peace….

BradFord Thompson

December 28, 2022

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