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Police Officer Michael T. Scanlon | Detroit Police Department, Michigan Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Michael T. Scanlon

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 2562

Cause: Stabbed

Weapon: Edged weapon; Knife

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Officer Michael Scanlon was stabbed to death after making a traffic stop in Redford Township at about 2150 hours.

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.

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Mike, up north Canoeing and hanging out was a great time. I never went again after you were gone. I helped your wife after the incident by doing some landscaping and removing all the stuff you wanted done (that tree stump was made of concrete brother) and did not get the opportunity to do yourself. I want you to know your missed. Your honored, your thought of very highly by all your brothers and sisters. Until we meet again in the halls of Valhalla .

Cpl Dana Fitrakis
Dearborn Police
September 24, 2017


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