DETROIT – A 19-year-old accused of firing a shotgun that injured two Detroit police officers Sunday night faces a slew of charges in connection with the incident, reported the Detroit Free Press. The charges include several weapons counts.
This seems to be a shift in tune released earlier by Detroit Police Department. Chief James Craig previously said the man, “fearing for the safety of his family,” fired a single shot from inside the home, which struck the officers in front of the house on Detroit’s west side. Craig’s statement would now appear to be a mitigating circumstance as the prosecutor views the actions as reckless.
Juwan Plummer of Oak Park was arraigned Wednesday via a video connection in 36th District Court in Detroit. The charges filed include intentional discharge of a firearm in a building causing serious injury, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, intentional discharge of a firearm in a building causing injury, punishable by up to 15 years in prison, felonious assault and four counts of felony firearm, prosecutors said.
Magistrate Charles Anderson III entered a not guilty plea in the case and set bond at $25,000.
The shooting occurred about 11:45 p.m. in the 20500 block of Lesure Street. Detroit police responded to a burglary call. Plummer, who was at the home with his family, apparently mistook police responding to the call for home intruders.
Assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Molly Kettler called his actions “extremely reckless” during his arraignment. The prosecutor asserts Plummer didn’t look out the window before firing. She said the officers were in uniform, banged on the door and announced their presence as police.
“These police officers were trying to do their job,” she said.
One of the officers was hit by two shotgun pellets in his face and remains in the hospital. The second officer suffered an injury to his arm and has been treated and released, officials said.
Police verified there had been an attempted burglary at the home three days earlier. However, on Sunday, people at the home called 911 in the late afternoon or early evening, and a second call was made from inside the home after the officers arrived at the scene that night, police said. The caller reported there was someone outside the home with a flashlight on that call. This turned out to be the officers.
“This case is very unfortunate and could have been much worse. We simply cannot and will not ignore the alleged actions of the defendant in this case. The victims could well have been a neighbor, or a small child,” Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said in a statement. “The lives of these officers, who were doing their jobs, will never be the same and we must hold people accountable for their actions.”
Plummer has no prior criminal history, according to the report.
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