Officer Michael Lee Staples

Officer Michael Lee Staples

United States Department of Agriculture - Forest Service Law Enforcement and Investigations, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, September 4, 2002

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Michael Lee Staples

Officer Michael Staples was killed when his patrol vehicle collided with a deer that had just been struck by another vehicle on County Road 27, near County Road 20, in Beltrami County, Minnesota at 7:30 a.m.

After being struck by the first vehicle, the deer was thrown into the air and went through the windshield of Officer Staples' patrol truck. He was on patrol in the Chippewa National Forest's Cass Ranger District near Bemidji at the time.

Officer Staples was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the U.S. Forest Service for 8 years. He is survived by his wife and two sons.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge 1463
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash
  • Location Minnesota

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Searched for years my friend...and finally found you. After i left the service and our security detail together, our paths went other ways. But i never forgot you.

Til we meet again, RIP.

Dale Anderson 2dLt USAF ret.
USAF/NLSOP 1989-2006

March 11, 2018

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