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 Shynelle 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, 21, 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 her 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 served 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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To the loving and caring family and friends of the beloved Shynelle Marie Mason. It is my absolute honor to have her as my silent partner, her story will always be on my mind for eternity and she will always be remembered by myself and my family. It takes an astonishing person to truly serve their community for the greater good, I can only imagine how wonderful she truly was. Shynelle Mason truly touched many hearts in the community and many more to come, even after 20+ years Shynelle Masons story will live on forever in many different aspects. From her personal life to her professional life she has made ever lasting friendships, relationships and impressions. That alone is one of the most honorable things a person can do in life, being able to create such a positive impact on friends, family and the community is incredibly admirable. Shynelle Mason made the ultimate sacrifice, she will never be forgotten and her sacrifice will always be honored until the end of time.

SPO Wyborski

April 19, 2023

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