Police Officer Michael T. Scanlon

Police Officer Michael T. Scanlon

Detroit Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Tuesday, February 12, 2002

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Michael T. Scanlon

Officer Michael Scanlon was stabbed to death after making a traffic stop along Six Mile near Beech Daly in Redford Township at about 9:50 p.m.

Officer Scanlon was working a traffic detail in the 8th Precinct when he observed the driver of a vehicle make an illegal turn onto Six Mile. He followed the vehicle into Redford Township where he initiated a traffic stop on Beech Daly Road. After the vehicle stopped, he removed the driver from the vehicle and began to frisk him.

While searching the suspect, the suspect attempted to flee and was tackled by Officer Scanlon. During the ensuing struggle, the suspect stabbed Officer Scanlon in the neck and back nine times. While trying to defend himself, Officer Scanlon shot the suspect in the chest, seriously wounding him. The round also struck Officer Scanlon in the arm. The suspect then stole Officer Scanlon's patrol car and service weapon and drove himself to the hospital, where he was taken into custody. Another person in the suspect's vehicle also fled the scene.

The suspect was convicted of murder in September of 2002 and sentenced to life in prison.

Officer Scanlon had been employed with the Detroit Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife, two young children, brother, and sister.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 2562

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Knife
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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So it’s been 17 years and still I am haunted by this. I am now 34. I was 17 at the time. I had a child 3 yrs after you passed. She was my reasoning to stop living in a haunted past and actually enjoy life instead of being tortured with ptsd from that unfortunate fateful night at my ex’s house. I recall every single piece of it. I wish I could forget. I thought as time passed it would not be so vivid. But it is still reeling thru my thoughts. I hate that I live with the fact that I couldn’t change the outcome. That I couldn’t be a hero like you were everyday, just to save you and be that hero one damn day out of my whole 17 yrs prior. I was young. When I think of ways I could have helped my mother always says I wouldn’t be here as well. He had an agenda that night. He is Pure Evil!!! I look him up on otis just to make sure he is still locked up and we’re safe from his evil ways. I just wish I could take all the pain away from your family and friends. I KNOW I did everything in my power without putting myself in danger (although at court the POS had people threaten me because I was testifying against him) I am so sorry I couldn’t do more. I’m sorry I was so young. I’m sorry with every ounce of my being that you were doing your job Like the amazing man I have learned so much about and you were called home far far far too soon! I will continue to pray for your family. And I still hope they know how deeply sorry I am and how much I have prayed and wished and hoped they were doing ok. This will follow me throughout my whole lifetime and I will never forget the sacrifice you made on February 12 2002. I cant stop think how many other lives you saved that night. You are a hero always and I will NEVER FORGET you and what you sacrificed that fatal night. Thank you so much. Lord hear my prayer!!!! Amen

Julia Zielke

August 29, 2019

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