NASHVILLE -- A Tennessee State Trooper died Friday while
on duty in the Knoxville District.
According to the Tennessee Department of
Safety and Homeland Security, Trooper Michael Slagle, 53, died following a crash on Longmire Road
in Knox County shortly before 7 a.m.
He was discovered unresponsive and
was unable to be revived at the scene.
Slagle joined the Tennessee
Highway Patrol in 1986. Originally from Grainger County, he was initially assigned to Campbell
County. During his tenure, he served in both Union and Knox Counties before his current assignment
in the Supreme Court detail in Knox County.
Slagle became a field training
officer in 2000. Outside of his duties as a state trooper, he also helped provide security for the
University of Tennessee marching band in 2003.
Prior to becoming a state
trooper, he served as a deputy sheriff for the Grainger County Sheriff’s Office from
He is a 1978 graduate of Rutledge High School in Grainger
Slagle is survived by his wife and one daughter. Funeral
arrangements are pending at this time.