Tpr. Irvine F. Wurm was killed when he was struck by a vehicle driven by an intoxicated person.
It was snowing heavily in the early morning hours when Trooper Wurm and his partner stopped a suspected drunk driver on US-31 near the junction of M-140. Trooper Wurm was standing on the left side of the vehicle talking to the driver. Suddenly, a car with poor headlights came from the opposite direction, drove across the centerline, and struck Trooper Wurm and the parked vehicle. The coroner later stated Trooper Wurm’s death was instantaneous.
The car that struck and killed Trooper Wurm was occupied by two men and two women, all extremely intoxicated. All the occupants were prosecuted.
Trooper Wurm was the 11th MSP officer to die in the line of duty.