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Hero Down: Mariposa County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael King Dies Unexpectedly

Mariposa, CA – Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) Deputy Michael “Mike” King died unexpectedly on April 13, according to his department.

Deputy King was off-duty when he passed away at his home.

His cause of death is pending an autopsy, the MCSO said in a Facebook post later that night.

“It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the untimely off-duty death of MCSO Deputy Michael King,” the post read. “Please keep the King family and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office in your hearts tonight.”

The sheriff’s office also shared footage showing a law enforcement procession escorting the fallen deputy on his “final patrol.”

Deputy King joined the MCSO in 2006 and spent the next 16 years of his life serving his community.

“Rest easy Deputy King, we will take it from here,” the MCSO said.

Hundreds of people posted their condolences in response to the MCSO’s announcement.

“Deputy King thank you for your service to our community and allow me to extend our deepest condolences to your family and many friends,” one message read. “Mike, you were a good man and a pleasure to know, I am very sad this evening with the knowledge of your passing.”

“There is a hole in our hearts, our community, and the world where Deputy King used to be,” another person wrote. “Michael, you will not be forgotten. You, your family, friends and the entire L.E. community are most deeply appreciated. Please know that for certain. God speed.”

The Mariposa County Deputy Sheriff’s Association also commented on the loss of the veteran deputy.

“Today we lost one of our own… Thank you Mike for your many years of service and commitment to the Sheriffs Office and our community,” the organization said in a Facebook post. “Rest In Peace Mike… We got the line from here.”

Deputy King leaves behind his fiancé, Sheila, his son, Austin, and his stepson, Steven.

He is also survived by his mother, Margaret, and his brother, Ken.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Michael “Mike” King, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

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

Written by
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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Written by Holly Matkin


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