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 were convicted of Officer Chivas' murder and were sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole on November 1, 1974.
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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Troy police officer honored by House bill
On Nov. 10, Rep. Howrylak introduced HB 6041 that would designate a portion of I-75 within the city of Troy at the Rochester Road exit as the "Officer Martin 'Marty' Chivas Memorial Highway." Troy Police Officer Chivas, 24, was shot and killed on April 22, 1974 by two prisoners who escaped from a Marquette prison farm 72 hours earlier. Prior to killing Chivas, they killed a Marquette waitress and a service station attendant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Both prisoners were later apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. HB 6041 was referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.


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