Trooper Robert J. Mihalik

Trooper Robert J. Mihalik

Michigan State Police, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, September 9, 1984

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Robert J. Mihalik

Trooper Robert Mihalik was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a man for leaving a gas station without paying.

He spotted the man on I-94 in St. Joseph shortly after the broadcast was put out and was able to stop him in a residential area. During the arrest, the suspect was argumentative and failed to cooperate. After getting one handcuff on the man, he suddenly turned and pushed Trooper Mihalik against the hood of the cruiser and obtained control of his service weapon.

Trooper Mihalik took cover on the other side of the hood, but the man again began to yell and fired at Trooper Mihalik six times, striking him in the chin and twice in the chest. Trooper Mihalik was able to return fire with his backup weapon and wounded the suspect, who was arrested minutes later by backup officers.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life on July 15, 1985.

Trooper Mihalik was a United States Army veteran and had served with the Michigan State Police for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.

In June 2020, Red Arrow Highway was renamed Robert J. Mihalik Memorial Highway.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 11 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

arrest attempt, convicted felon

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I graduated from the 84th recruit school with Bob. Because of being seated alphabetically, I was around Bob quite a bit. He was just an awfully decent human being and a great guy. A top drawer Trooper who was caught off guard but responded heroically. I attended his funeral.

Richard Miller Overton Trooper
Michigan State Police

April 6, 2024

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