The officer who died in the line of duty while responding to a call at the corner of Moss Street and Van Buren has been identified.

Corporal Karl Ratcliff with the Lafayette Police Department has identified the fallen officer as Corporal Michael Paul Middlebrook. Middlebrook was a nine-year veteran of the Lafayette Police Department who leaves behind a wife, a three-year-old daughter and two step-daughters.

According to a press release from Ratcliff, the Lafayette Police Department is "devastated" by the loss of their fallen brother whose passion was serving his community.

On October 1st 2017, Corporal Michael Paul Middlebrook, a nine year veteran of the Lafayette Police Department, was killed in the line of duty. Corporal Middlebrook leaves to cherish his memory his wife, three year old daughter, two stepdaughters, and his parents.

Corporal Middlebrook was born in Thibodeaux, La. He spent the entirety of his career in the patrol section helping and truly serving the community, as was his passion.

The Lafayette Police Department is devastated by this sudden loss. We ask that you keep Corporal Middlebrook’s family and the Lafayette Police Department in your thoughts and prayers.

Accounts have been established in Corporal Middlebrook’s name for provide financial relief to his family.
Donation can be made to City of Lafayette Police Department Fallen Heroes Fund through the Community Foundation of Acadiana via the following

An investigation is still ongoing in the incident that claimed the life of Middlebrook and wounded two others.

Police say they have the person responsible in custody.

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