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Remembering Covington Officer Who Died on Duty 15 Years Ago

It was fifteen years ago today that Covington Police Officer Michael Anthony Partin was killed in the line of duty, falling from the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge and drowning in the Ohio River below. The 25-year old rookie officer was assisting another officer from Kenton County in the pursuit of then 21-year old Shawnta Robertson who was wanted for drug possession.

Partin's body would not be found for more than five months, nine miles west of the bridge. Robertson would eventually be convicted of second-degree manslaughter when a Kenton County jury deemed him responsible for the officer's death.

The Cincinnati Enquirer has a section of its website dedicated to Partin (and other local officers killed in the line of duty). One note included the news that local officers across the region were wearing black bands across their badges in honor of two Cincinnati officers killed a month before. Those bands were scheduled to be removed following a thirty-day mourning period on the day Partin died. See that page by clicking here.

Partin, who had been a Covington Police Officer for fifteen months, left behind a wife, Lisa, and a stepdaughter, Sara. He is also remembered at the Officer Down Memorial Page.


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