Garden City man facing murder charge in fatal shooting of off-duty Detroit police officer

Johnson also facing felony firearm charge

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GARDEN CITY, Mich. – A 35-year-old Garden City man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Elaine Williams, a Detroit police officer.

Eddie Ray-Jr. Johnson and Williams, 34, were domestic partners, according to officials. Garden City police officers were sent to the home in the 200 block of Belton Street on Monday at 11:45 p.m.

Williams was dead inside the home when officers arrived, according to police. Officers found Johnson injured nearby. He was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital.

An off-duty Detroit police officer was fatally shot at a home in Garden City. Her body was found at the home on June 3, 2019. (WDIV)

Johnson is accused of shooting Williams multiple times.

Johnson is facing a first-degree murder charge and a felony firearm charge. He is expected to be arraigned Thursday in a local hospital.

"By all accounts, Elaine Williams was a beloved member of the Detroit Police Department. We mourn her passing. This case is a stark example of what can potentially happen in every domestic violence case. The alleged actions of this defendant will be addressed fairly and justly," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said.

Sgt. Elaine Williams will be honored by The District 7 Association Friday at 9:30 a.m.

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