Police Matron Marta Shanaman

Police Matron Marta Shanaman

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Sunday, December 12, 1971

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Marta Shanaman

Matron Marta Shanaman was shot and killed during an escape attempt at the Detroit Police Department’s women's detention facility. The suspect, a 22-year-old woman, was a visitor, who attempted to liberate a female prison she was visiting, when she shot Matron Shanaman. She was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. As of October 5, 2022, she was still in prison.

Matron Shanaman is buried in Lodi Cemetery, Orange Township, Kalkaska County, Michigan. She was survived by her son, two brohers, her sister and a step-sister.


  • Age 54
  • Tour 15 years, 6 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life in prison

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Ms. Shanaman,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Detroit. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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December 12, 2021

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