Eight police officers in Detroit were shot or killed in the line of duty in the past eight months.
The streak of attacks on officers comes at a time when law-enforcement fatalities are on the rise across the country, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
The number of nationwide police fatalities, at 44, is up 29% from Jan. 1 to May 1 this year compared with the same dates last year, according to the memorial fund’s website. And in 2016, the number of nationwide officer fatalities was up about 10% over 2015.
Two Detroit Police Department officers and one Wayne State University police officer were killed in the line of duty by suspects since September, and five other Detroit Police officers were shot.
April 30, 2017: A 14-year veteran Detroit Police officer was shot in the head and remains in critical condition after responding to a domestic violence call to the Oakman Apartments on the 10000 block of Joy Road on Detroit’s west side. His partner shot the suspect multiple times, killing him.
April 16, 2017:Two Detroit Police officers were shot, one taking shotgun pellets to the face, the other with minor shrapnel injuries, while responding to a reported burglary on the 20500 block of Lesure Street. Juwan Plummer, 19, of Oak Park, who police said may have suspected the officers were burglars, is charged with multiple counts, including “intentional discharge of a firearm in a building causing serious injury,” punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
March 15, 2017:Two Detroit Police officers were injured after stopping to question pedestrian Raymond Durham, 60, of Detroit on Ash Street near Tillman. While he was detained, police say Durham fought the officers and pulled a gun from his front waistband, firing at the officers and leading to a shootout. One of the officers, a 20-year veteran, suffered multiple gunshot wounds, while the other, a 4-year officer, was shot in the leg, police say. Durham is also being investigated in connection with the fatal shooting of Wayne State University Sgt. Collin Rose.
Nov. 22, 2016: Wayne State University Sgt. Collin Rose, 29, was fatally shot in the head Nov. 22 in the area of Brainard and Lincoln in Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood west of the university. He had just stopped a man on a bike. Police said Rose had called for backup before he was shot by a man who fled on foot. He was promoted to sergeant posthumously.
Oct. 28, 2016: Detroit Police Cpl. Myron Jarrett, 40, was hit and killed by a Dodge van while working at a traffic incident at Puritan and Monica in northwest Detroit. Steven Guzina, 55, of Lincoln Park is accused of driving the van while high on crack cocaine, an assistant Wayne County prosecutor said at this arraignment on five felony charges, including second-degree murder. Jarrett, who was with the police for eight years, was promoted posthumously to corporal.
Sept. 12, 2016: Detroit Capt. Ken Steil, 46, was shot with a shotgun in the chest or shoulder area while pursuing a suspect on an alleged carjacking crime spree near 7 Mile and Hayes. Marquise Cromer, 21, was arrested and charged with murder of a peace officer and first-degree murder, among other felony counts. Steil, a 20-year veteran of the department and a master diver on the Detroit Police Underwater Recovery Team, was promoted to captain posthumously.
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