Tpr. John W. Cain was killed in a motor vehicle crash on Telegraph Road, south of Flat Rock. The patrol car he was driving was struck head-on by a vehicle fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run accident near Wyandotte, Michigan.
Trooper Cain and his partner, Tpr. Walter Stevens, were northbound responding to another traffic accident when the crash occurred. The driver of the southbound vehicle was also killed. There was evidence he had been drinking. Trooper Stevens suffered internal and head injuries, but recovered and returned to active duty.
Trooper Cain was the 12th MSP officer to die in the line of duty.