Police Officer Mark Anthony Sawyers

Police Officer Mark Anthony Sawyers

Sterling Heights Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, June 5, 2004

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Mark Anthony Sawyers

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.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge 76

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, June 4, 2004
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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I just wanted to share with you that you are still being remembered and honored, even by those who didn’t know you personally. Steve and I had a very emotional conversation in the Costco parking lot with a passerby. We had just gotten out of the car which of course has your memory badge on it, when approached by a young lady after she saw the badge. She asked Steve about it and he told her how we were related to you. She went on to tell us about her family’s loss, her brother-in-law, Officer Kenneth Steil, Detroit PD, EOW 9-17-16. In that moment, in that parking lot, it seemed like the world stopped as we talked about our losses. We hugged and told each other that our loved ones are never forgotten. Somehow I think we were meant to meet each other that day. Maybe we both needed to be reminded that others still remember our loved ones, and maybe we both needed a hug from someone who truly understands.

Diane Bawcum

January 28, 2020

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