Police Officer Mark Anthony Sawyers

Police Officer Mark Anthony Sawyers

Sterling Heights Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, June 5, 2004

Mark Anthony Sawyers

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.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 3 years, 6 months
  • Badge 76

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Friday, June 4, 2004
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Committed suicide

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Hi Mark,
It's been awhile since I've written you here. You've been on my mind a lot since the passing of so many officers. Every time an officer is killed in the line of duty, it's devastating. When Wayne State Police Officer Colin Rose died, I cried so many tears. And now Officer Glenn Doss from the Detroit Police Department. It's just too close to home. I know that pain. I know the grief their families, friends, department and community will endure. I know that it doesn't ever go away either...you just learn to live with the loss, you learn to cope with it. We miss you so much...almost 14 years and it feels like forever. Your smile and laughter will always be with us though. I'm so thankful for all the memories, I cherish them. I know you'd be so proud of your girl, too. Lily is such a smart, talented, beautiful and driven kid. She has such a love for horses and riding, especially now that she has a horse! I love her more than I could ever say. Keep watching over us. <3

Tracy Bawcum

January 31, 2018

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