Air Force military policeman killed in shooting on Detroit's east side

Police arrest 19-year-old; 1 other hurt


DETROIT – Detroit police say they've arrested a 19-year-old man who is accused of killing his stepfather, an active-duty Air Force sergeant.

Detroit police spokesman Sgt. Michael Woody said the 19-year-old allegedly shot his soon-to-be stepfather, Johnny Clyburn, Tuesday morning on Woodhall Street.

"He's big, he's handsome, he's good, he's everything. That was my baby. If I needed him, no matter where he was, he was there," said Clyburn's mother, Brenda.

A stray bullet also hit the suspect's mother, Nikki Pace. She is in critical condition.

The suspect was taken into custody after fleeing from police for more than an hour. Woody said the suspect has a history of mental illness.

Clyburn, a 21-year Air Force veteran, was a member of the 127th Security Forces Squadron at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.


"Selfridge lost a valued member of our team to a tragic incident today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Johnny's family, friends and his Security Forces brethren," said Col. Philip Sheridan, 127th Wing commander. "We are standing ready to help his family get through this trying time."