Genio Morgan

Genio Morgan (Photo: Port Huron Police Department)

Man Shot By Police Outside McDonald's Pleads Guilty

March 20, 2019 - 9:27 am

PORT HURON (WWJ/AP) - A Sanilac County man who was shot by police after he charged at officers with a knife has entered a plea in the case. 

Genio Morgan, 22, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of unarmed robbery, carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent, assault with a dangerous weapon and resisting and obstructing police. In exchange, a carjacking charge is being dropped, The Times Herald of Port Huron reported. 

Sentencing is expected to be set within the next 30 days.

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.