|Birth: ||Nov. 29, 1973|
|Death: ||Jun. 5, 2004|
Officer Mark Sawyers grew up in Madison Heights, Michigan and served three years with the Detroit Police Department before joining the Sterling Heights Police Department. Just seven months on the job, Officer Sawyers, Badge #76 was shot on Friday, June 4th, 2004, execution style by Timothy Berner.
Officer Sawyers had just finished investigating a traffic accident and was completing his report in the parking lot of the Target shopping center at 15 Mile Road and Van Dyke Avenue. Berner pulled his red Camero up next to Officer Sawyers patrol car and opened fire with a shotgun, striking Officer Sawyers in the head. Berner then stole Officer Sawyer's service weapon and fled. Officer Sawyers was transported to St. John Macomb Hospital where he died Saturday morning.
Berner's motive in the killing was to obtain 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.
Mr. Sawyers was a 1992 graduate of Hazel Park High School and a 2000 graduate of Wayne State University, Detroit, with a Bachelor of Science in education.
Surviving are his wife, Yvonne; daughter, Lily; father, J.R. (Faith); siblings, Michelle (Steve) Westin, and Michael (Cherrie); and two nieces and nephews.
In May 2005, the Sawyer family journeyed to Washington, DC, where Officer Sawyer's name was added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Forever In Our Hearts
White Chapel Memorial Park Cemetery
Troy (Oakland County)
Plot: Garden of Togetherness, Plot 1211
Created by: Nevada Bob
Record added: Dec 01, 2007
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