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 Chivas was shot and killed while investigating a suspicious persons call at a gas station. The suspicious persons were actually two escaped prisoners who shot and killed Officer Chivas as soon as he stepped out of his patrol car. 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, 26 and 29, 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 been with the agency for three years and was survived by his parents.


  • Age 24
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Officer Chivas.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 10, 2021

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