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Detroit police sgt. suspended after allegedly sitting in squad car during fatal shooting

Nov 26, 2019

A Detroit Police sergeant who allegedly sat in his squad car during the fatal shooting last week of a city police officer is suspended Tuesday morning.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Detroit Police Chief James Craig is investigating a sergeant who allegedly didn't respond to an incident last week where a fellow officer was fatally shot.

Craig says video shows the sergeant sat in a squad car when a call came in that two officers were shot during a home invasion investigation.

“I'm struggling with that decision,” Craig told reporters. “Now again he was in the area, but he was not managing the scene.”

Craig spoke to reporters after a vigil last night for officer Rasheen McClain that was held at Detroit's 12th precinct.

“That supervisor should've been there and for that I've found this to be an allegation of gross neglect of duty,” Craig said.

Craig is not naming the sergeant at this time. He plans to petition the Board of Police Commissioners to withhold pay during the investigation.

A suspect has not been charged yet, but he is in custody.