Auburn, MA – Webster Police Officer Michael J. Lee, age 38, died Saturday morning, October 7, in a traffic crash. He was off-duty at the time.
The incident occurred about 1 AM on I-395 southbound, according to MassLive.
Officer Lee’s Toyota Tundra struck a Freightliner tractor-trailer that was stationary in the breakdown lane. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the tractor-trailer was inside the cab at the time, and was not injured.
Webster Police Deputy Chief Michael Shaw said, “He was probably one of the most well-liked guys at the department. I didn’t know anyone that didn’t like Mike.”
He said, “The department is devastated. We lost a great man, the town lost a great person. I can’t find words to describe it, it’s just awful.”
In a Facebook post, the Webster Police Department said:
“It is with great sadness, and heavy hearts, that we must announce the untimely passing of Officer Michael Lee. Michael passed away far too soon as the result of a motor vehicle accident he was involved in while off duty.
Michael had a way of bringing a smile to everyone’s face the moment he encountered them. He was an outstanding officer, SWAT operator, investigator, and person.
He will be missed by not only his colleagues in law enforcement, but by the community he served. We take solace in the fact that he is now watching our backs from above like he always did on the ground. Always Remembered and Never Forgotten.”
The Massachusetts State Police is conducting the investigation.
Officer Lee worked for more than ten years with the Webster Police Department, serving in the patrol division, and assisting in investigations. He also worked for a short time with the Falmouth Police Department.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Webster Police Officer Michael J. Lee, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.