Potosi, MO – Terre du Lac Police Officer Adam M. King, age 28, died in a single-vehicle traffic crash on Sunday afternoon, November 19. He was off-duty at the time.
The incident occurred about 4:20 PM on Highway 47 in Washington County, less than a mile north of Old Bonne Terre Road, according to the Daily Journal, as Officer King was on his way home from work.
Officer King was driving his 1992 Jeep Wrangler northbound on Highway 47 when he ran off the left side of the road, then over-corrected, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
His vehicle then went off the right side of the road, overturned and struck a tree.
Officer King was not wearing his seatbelt, and was pronounced dead at the scene by Washington County Coroner Steve Hatfield. He was transported to the Washington County Coroner’s Office from the scene.
In a Facebook post, Officer King’s former employer, the Bismarck (Missouri) Police Department said:
“Our hearts are truly broken. Yesterday after leaving work at Terre du Lac Police Department, Officer Adam King was in a fatal, single car traffic accident. Adam started his law enforcement career with Bismarck and stayed in touch with us after he left.
“Recently a Bismarck officer was dealing with several subjects in a disturbance and Adam showed up to give assistance all the way from Terre du Lac. This is just one example of the huge heart he had. Please keep his wife, children, family, friends and brothers and sisters in blue in your thoughts and prayers.”
In a Facebook post, the Terre du Lac Police Department said:
“On November 19th, 2017 at approximately 4:20 p.m., Officer Adam Michael King lost his life in a single vehicle crash. Officer King was relieved from duty and was on his way home by way of northbound Missouri Highway 47 in his personal vehicle.
“Officer King traveled off the left side of the road and the vehicle was over-corrected traveling off the right side of the road way. Officer King’s vehicle overturned and struck a tree. Officer King was not wearing a seat belt and most likely didn’t survive the initial impact.
King’s wife lost her husband and his children lost their father. Chief Cook and the rest of Terre Du Lac Officers are grieving the loss of a brother. The community is in mourning over the loss of its dedicated protector.
Funeral arraignments and fundraising information will follow on this page as soon as plans have been made. We would like to respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time. As for now, we ask for prayers for the family and your continued support.”
Officer King had served with the Terre du Lac Police Department since May 13, 2016, and had previously served with the Bismarck Police Department.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Terre du Lac Police Officer Adam King, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.