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Detroit Man Held On $2 Million Bond In Shooting Of Transgender Woman

July 30, 2018 - 11:39 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - A 29-year-old Detroit man is being held on a $2 million bond, charged in the shooting of a transgender woman at a west side gas station.

Police said tips from the public assisted DPD 12th Precinct investigators who "worked tirelessly around the clock" to locate Deonton A. Rogers.

Deonton Rogers
Deonton Rogers (Booking photo)
Speaking to reporters over the weekend, Chief James Craig said the suspect was arrested without incident in the area of Telegraph Rd. and Grand River, Friday afternoon.

"We talked last week with the LGBT community about our hope to bring this person very quick, and that we would need their help," Craig said. "They heard, they saw, and so again...relentless followup by our 12th Precinct, and certainly with the support of our community, that violent suspect is now in custody -- and we're very thankful for that."

Rogers was arraigned in 34th District Court in Romulus on Saturday on the following counts: Firearm Discharge – Serious Impairment/Injury, Felonious Assault, Felony Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Child Abuse - 4th Degree and Ethnic Intimidation based upon gender.

The incident was caught on security camera just after 8 p.m. Monday, at the Mobil gas station at W. 7 Mile Road and Greenfield.

According to Wayne County prosecutors, Rogers approached the victim and made a lewd remark. When the victim informed him she is a transgender woman, Rogers then "engaged in an verbal argument with her about her sexual orientation" -- at some point drawing a handgun from his waistband.

The victim tried to grab the gun, prosecutors said, and in a struggle over the weapon, the woman was shot in the shoulder. 

Rogers fled the area in a black SUV, leaving a 27-year-old female companion at the station, but with the woman's child in the backseat of the vehicle. The child was later found unharmed.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to a local hospital for treatment of serious injuries, but is expected to be OK. 

Bond was set at $2 million cash for Rogers, who remains in the Wayne County Jail awaiting a probable cause conference set for Friday, Aug. 3. 

The case is being handled with help from the Fair Michigan Justice Project, a program that aids police and prosecutors in solving serious crimes against lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender persons.