Police Officer Michael Alexander Petrina

Police Officer Michael Alexander Petrina

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Saturday, May 10, 2014

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Michael Alexander Petrina

Police Officer Michael Petrina was struck and killed by a vehicle on northbound I-65 at the Old Hickory Boulevard exit while at the scene of a previous collision.

He was speaking with a Department of Transportation incident response truck driver when a motorhome pulling a trailer approached the scene and swerved in between the stopped vehicles and pedestrians. Officer Petrina was struck and killed by the vehicle.

The driver pled guilty to reckless homicide and was sentenced to two years of probation.

Officer Petrina was a member of the Tennessee National Guard and had served with the Metro Nashville Police Department for eight months. He was assigned to the South Precinct and won the Christy Dedman Award upon graduating from the academy. He is survived by his parents and brother.


  • Age 25
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge 1381
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

accident scene

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As I was thinking about the day, it dawned on me, that on an interstate in Nashville, 10 years ago, I was out with a young officer, Michael Petrina, when he died. It changed his family’s life, as well as, mine forever. When Officers In Training go through our academy today, they see a name on a wall, not really really understanding the supreme sacrifice that was made for the city of Nashville. I shall remember Michael for the remainder of my days…truly a fine young man!

Detective Art Hummell (Ret.)
Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

May 14, 2024

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