In Memoriam Corporal Michael Middlebrook

Toby Aguillard, Chief of the Lafayette Police Department in Louisiana, sadly reports the death of Corporal Michael Paul Middlebrook.

Cpl. Middlebrook was responding to a man with a gun at a local convenience store. While he was enroute to the scene, the call was upgraded to a shooting. The cashier and two patrons had been shot.

When Middlebrook arrived on the scene, he entered the store not realizing that the suspect was still inside. The suspect came out of hiding and engaged Middlebrook in a gun battle.

Middlebrook was struck multiple times by the suspect’s gunfire.

The suspect then fled the scene on foot and fired upon other officers as they arrived at the scene. The suspect was apprehended a short distance from the store.

The Louisiana State Police is conducting the investigation with the assistance of the Lafayette Police Department.

Michael Middlebrook served the Lafayette Police Department for nine years, all in the Patrol Division. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was studying to be a pastor. He had received many awards during his career for his community service work on and off duty. He collected food and clothing for the less fortunate citizens and children and distributed the goods while he was on duty.

Cpl. Middlebrook is survived by his wife, a three-year-old daughter, two young stepdaughters and his parents.

Corporal Michael Middlebrook is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Sunday, October 1, 2017

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

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Patrick Sharkey

Pat Sharkey earned an associate's Degree at Kellogg Community College and was hired by the Battle Creek Township Police Department as a dispatcher. Pat was then hired by the Michigan State Police and was initially assigned to the Capitol Security Detail. Eight years later, he attended the 98th Trooper Recruit School. Pat served as a trooper for the remainder of his career serving at State Police Posts in Erie, Sandusky, Northville, Flat Rock, Bridgeport, Ypsilanti, and Caro areas of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Program and was certified as an expert witness in several Michigan courts. Pat retired in 2010 after 35 years of public service. He is a correspondent for Law Enforcement Today and enjoys hunting, target shooting, and (most of all) sailing.

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