Police Officer Michael T. Scanlon

Police Officer Michael T. Scanlon

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, February 12, 2002

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Michael T. Scanlon

Officer Michael Scanlon was stabbed to death after making a traffic stop along Six Mile near Beech Daly in Redford Township at about 9:50 p.m.

Officer Scanlon was working a traffic detail in the 8th Precinct when he observed the driver of a vehicle make an illegal turn onto Six Mile. He followed the vehicle into Redford Township where he initiated a traffic stop on Beech Daly Road. After the vehicle stopped, he removed the driver from the vehicle and began to frisk him.

While searching the suspect, the suspect attempted to flee and was tackled by Officer Scanlon. During the ensuing struggle, the suspect stabbed Officer Scanlon in the neck and back nine times. While trying to defend himself, Officer Scanlon shot the suspect in the chest, seriously wounding him. The round also struck Officer Scanlon in the arm. The suspect then stole Officer Scanlon's patrol car and service weapon and drove himself to the hospital, where he was taken into custody. Another person in the suspect's vehicle also fled the scene.

The suspect was convicted of murder in September of 2002 and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Scanlon had been employed with the Detroit Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife, two young children, brother, and sister.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 2562

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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You are not forgotten! I pray for your children, often. I remember you being excited about your wife having a little girl! I said, “What are you gonna name her?” And you told me, stating, “It’s like having a Jr, but a girl!”. I remember you coming into the station, that night, toward the end of your shift to get the gas board. We spoke and you walked out to fill the cruiser tank and then bringing it back to the desk. I knew you were tired, so I didn’t bother you with any further conversation. I didn’t know it would be the last time. My Sister and I have visited you a few times since then. Cleaning around your headstone and placing flowers. Yeah, remember you worked at Sears together? We want people to know, that you’re still important. Though I’m retired,I’m still on watch. You keep resting. We will all see you later, Quiet One!

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