Fadi Shukur

Fadi Shukur (Photo: Detroit Police Department)

Murder Charge Dismissed In Hit-And-Run Death Of Detroit Police Officer

September 04, 2018 - 11:51 am

DETROIT (WWJ) - A Belleville man accused in the hit-and-run death of Detroit police officer will not face a murder charge.  

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, 36th District Court Judge Kenneth King dismissed the second degree murder charge brought against 19-year-old Jonathan Cole during a hearing last Friday.

The judge said the only aggravating factor presented in the death of Officer Fadi Shukur was speed and that there was insufficient evidence for the murder charge. The judge also noted that the defendant had no criminal record. 

Cole will still stand trial on the remaining charges against him: Reckless driving causing death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident. His next court appearance is set for Friday.

Shukur died in the hospital more than a week after he was hit by an SUV while breaking up a party crowd the morning of August 4, near McNichols and the Southfield Freeway. According to investigators, Cole sped away in his Jeep after he struck the 30-year-old officer, who was on foot, but turned himself in at a Detroit police precinct later in the day. 

Prosecutors said Tuesday that they planned to file a motion in Wayne County's 3rd Circuit Court Criminal Division seeking reinstatement of the murder charge. 

Shukur -- who'd been with the DPD for about a year -- 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.