Officer Martin Douglas Chivas

Officer Martin Douglas Chivas

Troy Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Monday, April 22, 1974

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Martin Douglas Chivas

Officer Martin Chivas was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious person call at a gas station at the Rochester Road interchange with I-75.

The suspicious people were two escaped prisoners who shot and killed Officer Chivas as soon as he stepped out of his patrol car. He was transported to the Beaumont Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Both suspects were captured a short time later. The suspects had escaped from the Marquette, Michigan, prison farm 72 hours earlier. Before killing Officer Chivas, they kidnapped and killed a Marquette waitress and killed a 17-year-old service station attendant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Both suspects were convicted of Officer Chivas' murder and were sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole on November 1, 1974. As of October 25, 2022, the youngest was still in prison.

Officer Chivas had served with the Troy Police Department for three years. He was survived by his parents.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

convicted felon, escapee, suspicious person

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Marty, Officer Chivas, we went to the academy together, we were training partners for defensive tactics. You were always able to help me learn how to be a better student.
Rest in peace Marty.

Chief (Retired) Fred Deweese
Eastpointe Police Dept.

March 30, 2023

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