Genio Morgan

Genio Morgan (Photo: Port Huron Police Department)

Man Shot By Police Outside McDonald's Gets 7-22 Years In Prison

May 21, 2019 - 9:09 am

PORT HURON (WWJ/AP) - A 22-year-old Michigan man shot by police after officers say he charged at them with a knife in January could spend the next two decades behind bars. 

Genio Morgan, of Lexington, was sentenced Monday to 7-22 years in prison after earlier pleading guilty to charges of unarmed robbery, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting and obstructing police. .

Morgan told the court he's remorseful and recognizes "better decisions" could have helped him avoid trouble, The Times Herald of Port Huron reported. He and his lawyer cited substance abuse and mental health issues.

Police say they were called to a McDonald's restaurant on Pine Grove Avenue in Port Huron on a report that a man -- later identified as Morgan -- was stabbing himself in the parking lot. The caller told police Morgan attempted to carjack a driver in the parking lot before he began walking south on Pine Grove.

"Officers arrived quickly and stopped to talk to the suspect," police said, in a media release. "Within seconds, the suspect, who was still armed with a knife and covered in blood, charged the officers in an aggressive manner. Multiple commands were given to drop the knife, but the suspect refused."

At that point, officers shot Morgan multiple times. 

A prosecutor ruled the shooting was justified and that the officers acted in self-defense. 

In exchange for Morgan's plea, a charge of carjacking was dropped.