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Hero Down: DC Metropolitan PD Officer Michael Ashley Succumbs To Injuries From 2019 Motorcycle Crash

Washington, DC – Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPD) Officer Michael Ashley died on Aug. 10 due to injuries he suffered during a motorcycle crash in the fall of 2019, according to the police union.

Prior to his career in law enforcement, Officer Ashley served in the U.S. Marine Corps, the DC Police Union said in a Facebook post.

He later joined MPD as a reserve officer before working his way into a full-time position.

Officer Ashley worked as a patrol officer in the 3rd District, and was later transferred to the Gun Recovery Unit.

“He was involved in multiple investigations that led to the recovery of illegal firearms from the streets of DC,” the police union noted.

Officer Ashley was also a member of the Police Week Tent City staff, where he served on the security team, the organization said in a Facebook post on Aug. 11.

“He was a great man, a great leader, and was always ready to lend a helping hand,” the group said. “He will be missed tremendously.”

Officer Ashley leaves behind his wife, as well as his daughter and two sons.

“Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the DC Police Union’s post read.

A fundraising page established to help Officer Ashley’s family has raised over $10,000 so far.

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Brothers and sisters, it is with a heavy heart and a deep sadness that we announce the passing of one of our PWTC family. MPD Officer Michael Ashley passed away yesterday due to injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident last Fall. Officer Ashley served in the United States Marine Corps prior to joining the Metropolitan Police Department, where he would become a full time officer on the Gun Recovery Unit. In addition to his full time job with MPD, Officer Ashley was also a member of our PWTC staff where he served as one of our security team members. He was a great man, a great leader, and was always ready to lend a helping hand. He will be missed tremendously. Officer Ashley is survived by his wife, two sons and daughter. Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Rest easy, Mike.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia Officer Michael Ashley, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

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Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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