Detroit teen due in court for firearms charges after 2 officers shot responding to burglary call
Prosecutor's requests for house arrest, GPS tether denied
DETROIT – A Detroit teen is due in court Friday for a preliminary hearing in the in connection with the shooting of two Detroit police officers on the city's west side.
Juwan Alexander Plummer, 19, has been charged with two counts of intentional discharge of a firearm in a building causing serious injury, two counts of intentional discharge of a firearm in a building causing injury and four counts of felony firearms violations.
One officer was hit with shrapnel in his left arm.
The other officer was shot in his face by a shotgun and remains in critical condition. He has spent two years with the Detroit Police Department while the other has spent 18 months with the department.
"This case is very unfortunate and could have been much worse," Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said. "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. 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 was arraigned Apirl 19. Tears ran down his face during the proceedings.
The prosecutor asked for a high cash bond saying that he is a danger to the community. The judge disagreed with her.
Wayne County prosecutors allege that Plummer fired a weapon from inside the house and didn't look out the window before shooting. Prosecutors also alleged that the officer's made identified themselves.
The judge asked if the police vehicle was visible from the house with emergency lights flashing. The prosecutor admitted that the vehicle was not in front of the home and the lights were off.
Bond was set at $25,000. The judge denied the prosecutor's request for house arrest and for a GPS tether.
Police: Man fired at officers from inside home
At about 11:45 p.m. on April 16 the officers went to a home in the 20000 block of Lesure Street for a burglary call. That's when they were shot by someone armed with a shotgun inside the home.
Calls of a burglary at the home were first made Thursday, Craig said during a news conference Monday. More calls were made Sunday.
Inside the home was a mother, her 19-year-old son and a 14-year-old.
When Detroit police officers arrived at the home about 11:45 p.m. Sunday, on an unrelated call, the 19-year-old apparently did not realize they were officers and not burglars approaching the home. He retrieved a shotgun and shot through a window, striking the officers after seeing flashlights.
"Several calls of a burglary were made to the police department on this date," said Chief James Craig. "In fact, three calls were made. One of the individuals in the house, who we believe to be the 19-year-old male, fearing for the safety of his family fired from inside the house, armed with a shotgun, striking both officers."
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