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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My dear Mark, it's been the worst 14 years without you but I know you would want us to try to be happy and I do. I think about all the fun stuff we did were you were a kid. I remember you and your buddies playing cards all night long in the motor home parked in our driveway. I remember how happy you were on your wedding day and then the day Lily was born. You just beamed with joy. We had a house full today with family, friends, and your coworkers. People shared memories of good times that had with you. That's what keeps me going. Family, friends and coworkers that still want to celebrate your life with us. Rich and Eddie painted your badge at Target. I was so blown away when I found out it was them. Well this is more than I can bear on the anniversary of your leaving us so good night and I love your so much.

Faith Sawyers

June 5, 2018

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