Police Chief: Detroit Cop Killer Had Tactical Training, Intended To Die

Fallen officer remembered as "a hero and a leader"

WWJ News
November 21, 2019 - 2:10 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A gunman who shot two Detroit police officers, killing one of them, wanted suicide by cop and appeared to have tactical training. 

That's according to Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who on Thursday released more information about Wednesday night's deadly shootout on the city's west side. 

Rasheen McClain
Rasheen McClain (Photo: Detroit Police)
Craig identified the fallen officer as 46-year-old Rasheen McClain, a husband and father of two step-children.

McClain was a 16-year veteran of the DPD, the chief said, and a gifted, productive officer: "Absolutely a hero, and a leader, I might say," Craig told reporters. 

McClain died after he was shot in the neck while walking down stairs in an attempt to catch a convicted felon who had broken into a home looking for an estranged girlfriend, near Wyoming and 8 Mile Rd, according to police. 

When the officers got halfway down the staircase, Craig said the gunman fired two "very tactical" shots. 

"Having had tactical training, he was very target specific. He knew what he he had planned to do," Craig said. "He fires one shot, hitting one officer; a second shot, hitting the second officer."

"It’s very clear he was trying to bait the officers.”

McClain's partner, Felipe Batoum-Bisse, was shot in the leg and remains hospitalized.  

Mayor Mike Duggan said this situation shows that Detroit has the "finest officers in America."

"Think about what our officers did," Duggan said. "They got Officer McClain and Officer Batoum-Bisse into the ambulance and to the hospital. But after two firefights, they also got the suspect into the ambulance and to the hospital. It's the ultimate standard of professionalism." 

The 28-year old suspect, who was out on parole after serving time for several violent crimes, remains in custody at the hospital. His name has not yet been released. 

McClain is the 239th DPD officer killed in the line of duty, and the first this year.  

“This is a stark reminder of what police officers in Detroit, Wayne County, and across this country face every minute of every day," said Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. "They sign up to do this. They run into danger to protect us. We must never forget this and should not need a horrible tragedy to remind us."