Decharlos  Brooks

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Hearing Delayed In Detroit Police Officer's Murder [VIDEO]

April 06, 2018 - 10:57 am
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DETROIT (WWJ) - A hearing to determine if a Detroit man is competent to stand trial in the death of a police officer has been delayed until next month. 

Decharlos Brooks appeared briefly Friday morning in 36th District Court. He's been undergoing a competency review to see if he can help with his defense on murder charges in the shooting death of 25-year-old Officer Glenn Doss. Brooks is due back in court May 3.

The shooting happened January 24 as officers responded to an east side Detroit home following a report that a man had fired shots while arguing with his wife. When officers encountered Brooks outside the house, police say the 43-year-old man opened fire, striking Doss as he was still seated in a patrol car. It's further alleged that, after shooting Doss, Brooks stood pointing his handgun at other officers at the scene. Doss was shot in the head and rushed by his partner to the hospital, where he died days later. 

Brooks fired 32 shots, according to police, before going back into the house where he remained for more than three hours. Police eventually fired tear gas into the house, prompting Brooks to go outside and surrender.

Brooks' sister-in-law says five 911 calls were made that night while he was having a mental breakdown, but it took 45 minutes before officers responded to the home.

"He called himself, twice. My sister called. His wife called. His 18-year-old daughter called," she said. "Where are the police tapes at? Where are the 911 calls? He was having a mental breakdown."

She went on to say that Doss may not have been shot had police responded to the first 911 call.

"I respect my law enforcement but I think there's good and bad in all. And maybe if Officer Doss was informed of those calls that were going though, he'd still be here today," she said. "I don't think it was handled properly. I don't think Detroit Police handle anything properly because of the fact that they get so many calls and they don't take things serious."

Brooks is facing a total of 33 charges, including first degree murder and murder of a peace officer. Family members have told reporters he’d suffered a “mental breakdown.” A lawyer has also said that Brooks has no recollection of the events that led up to the shooting.