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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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Hey, Buddy.

We just recently had your memorial at the parking lot. Pretty decent turn out this year. A lot of nice things said and a lot of people who still remember. Your folks are amazingly strong people and they make me a better person just knowing them. I think about you every day. I have your picture on the wall by my workbench in the basement and I find myself talking to it as I work on things. I miss you, Brother.

D/Sgt. Joe Tharrett (Retired)
Sterling Heights Police Department
June 8, 2017


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