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Police Officer Mark Anthony Sawyers | Sterling Heights Police Department, Michigan Sterling Heights Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer

Mark Anthony Sawyers

Sterling Heights Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Saturday, June 5, 2004

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 3 years, 6 months

Badge # 76

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 6/4/2004

Weapon: Shotgun

Offender: Committed suicide

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Officer Sawyers died of wounds he received the previous day when he was shot while sitting in his patrol car.

Officer Sawyers had just finished investigating a traffic accident and parked his patrol car in the parking lot of a shopping center at 15 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue. While Officer Sawyers was completing the paperwork for the accident, a vehicle pulled up next to his patrol car and a male armed with a shotgun opened fire, striking Officer Sawyers in the head. The suspect then stole Officer Sawyer's service weapon and fled.

Officer Sawyers was transported to St. John Macomb Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds the following morning.

The suspect's motive in the killing was to acquire a handgun. On July 25, 2004, the suspect was located in Jacksonville, Florida, after being featured on the television show America's Most Wanted. As a SWAT team of local deputies and U.S. marshals stormed the house the suspect committed suicide using Officer Sawyers' stolen service weapon.

Officer Sawyers had served with the Sterling Heights Police Department for seven months, and had previously served for three years with the Detroit Police Department. He is survived by his wife and child.

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It's been 2 years since we have had to leave behind friends and open new doors. I'm very bitter about having to restart my life at 40 years old. Well, I did it along with the help of some great people. I still have connections to our place and I cherish the friendships and the memories of my service there. It's been almost 2 years at this new place. I have made new friends and have been complimented more often than I ever was. I have been asked to train, at first I didn't want the responsibility of that again. But I see that I have some knowledge and some previous life experiences that are very tragic. I have found myself thinking about you more than usual lately. There's no doubt that your sacrifice has made me the paranoid Dispatcher I am today. I appreciate the signs that I see, usually its just your badge number on something and maybe it's just coincidence but I really don't believe in those. They closed the doors on us but, your light still shines bright with me over here. Thank you for that. Until next time.

Adam Vanderleun
Calhoun County Consolidated Dispatch Authority
March 15, 2017


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