Who Is DPD Officer Joseph Weekley?

Officer Placed At Desk Job

DETROIT - The SWAT team member whose gun, authorities say, killed 7-year-old Aiyana Jones Sunday during a raid at her home has been identified, and details about his police record have been released.

DPD Spokesman John Roach said the Detroit Police Department SWAT team member is 34-year-old officer Joseph Weekley.


Police said Weekley came into contact with Aiyana?s grandmother, Mertilla Jones, when they busted through the door in the early hours of Sunday morning and his weapon accidentally fired.

How that happened is currently under investigation by the Michigan State Police.

Since the shooting, Weekley has been placed on a desk job.

He has been a member of the SWAT team for six years, and on the Detroit police force for 14 years. He has been profiled by the A&E show "Detroit SWAT."

Assistant Police Chief Ralph Godbee said Weekley was investigated after he was involved in a barricaded gunman shooting last summer.

It is not clear what his role in the nonfatal shooting was, but Godbee said he was cleared and it was determined that he acted appropriately.

Weekley is also currently named along with other SWAT members in a federal lawsuit, filed in 2009, claiming they pointed guns at children and shot two dogs during a raid in 2007 that netted a man who is now serving seven to 15 years in prison for armed robbery.

Weekley drives the SWAT team's armored personnel carrier.

Police sources also have told Local 4 that DPD?s SWAT team has been put on hold until further notice.

Godbee said Weekley is involved in several charitable events for the DPD, including one that raises money for children of domestic violence victims. He also helped organize a recent event called Run With the Cops, Not From Them. The event raised funds for kids with cancer.

Local 4 obtained a video of Weekley in which he worked to help organize a charitable event called SWAT For Tots.

"We're really happy to help out any way we can. The kids are having a great time and we're just really happy for the children," Weekley said on the videotape.

The Michigan State Police are investigating the shooting.

Rep. John Conyers has also asked the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an investigation into the girl's shooting death.

To read the full Conyers story, click here.

"The police are not just going in looking to hurt people; that's not the case at all. They're looking to protect," said Detroit Mayor Dave Bing Wednesday.

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