Police Officer Shynelle Marie Mason

Police Officer Shynelle Marie Mason

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, July 14, 2000

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Shynelle Marie Mason

Officer Mason was shot to death during a confrontation with three men near the Mobil Mart station at Fenkell and Schaefer.

Officer Mason was off duty and was with several female friends around 8 p.m. when the men began a conversation. When the women refused to participate, the men started arguing with them. Officer Mason identified herself as a police officer and one of the suspects pulled out a gun and shot her. The bullet entered Officer Mason's side and pierced her heart. She died en route to Sinai-Grace Hospital.

The suspect fled the scene but was identified and arrested early the next morning and charged with murder. Officer Mason had previously arrested the man for carrying a concealed weapon and it was determined that he murdered in retaliation for the arrest. The other accomplices were also charged in connection with this case.

The suspect was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison on July 6, 2001.

Officer Mason had been with the Detroit Police Department for two years.


  • Age 21
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge 852

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

off duty, retaliation

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So many words and reflections with not enough time or space to fit all the words that could be said. The past 24 hours for me have been probably my most draining emotionally and then I was pulled towards YOU. Almost 20 years later and it never gets any easier. I remember the day you were taken from us, how I felt in that moment, watching the news...I remember it all. I remember YOU my big cousin who I admire so so much. I look up to you and the strength and love that you showed us all. I remember you always making me and twin laugh as soon as we walked up to the house to visit because you'd have your face pressed against the glass door. You will always be my 'piggy' because whenever I get sad I picture you making that face and I still laugh. You're my HERO and your service as a Citizen, Family member and Detroit Police Officer will Always live on. Rest Peacefully Guardian Angel

Bianca Mason

March 11, 2020

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