Fadi Shukur

Fadi Shukur (Photo: Detroit Police Department)

Detroit Police Officer Struck In Hit-And-Run Dies; Belleville Man Charged With Murder

August 15, 2018 - 12:48 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - A Detroit police officer who was hit by a car early this month has died.

Officer Fadi Shukur, who has been with the DPD for about a year, was hit along McNichols Road near the Southfield Freeway, early the morning of August 4 while working to disperse

Fadi Shukur
Fadi Shukur (Photo: Detroit Police Department)
a party crowd. According to investigators, 19-year-old Jonathan Cole was traveling at around 60-70 miles per hour in a Jeep SUV when he struck the 30-year-old officer, who was on foot, headed back to his patrol car. 

Cole, a Belleville resident, fled the scene, police said, but turned himself in at a DPD precinct later in the day. 

Cole was initally charged with reckless driving and failure to stop at the scene of an accident, but the Wayne County Prosecutors Office on Wednesday upgraded the charges to include second degree murder.  An arraignment for Cole on the amended charges was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday in 36th District Court. 

"Fadi Shukur died protecting the city -- exactly what he should have been doing," Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said at a news conference. "I've been talked with this father Tony several times over the last ten or 11 days. It has been a difficult time for the family, for the Detroit police staff that have been supporting the family."

"And we'll have the funeral arrangements shortly, but today everybody's heart is broken in the city for a good man, a newlywed and I know the family knows are hearts are with them," Duggan said.

The mayor noted that, thanks to a Detroit City Council resolution earlier this year, Shukur's funeral and related expensive will be covered by the city. 

Shukur was the third Detroit police officer killed in the line of duty this year. Officer Glenn Doss, Jr. was shot to death in January, and Officer Darren Weathers died in a car crash in February.