Man Charged With 16 Counts In Detroit Police Officer's Slaying

WWJ News
December 03, 2019 - 5:00 pm

DETROIT (WWJ) - A man accused in the deadly shooting of a Detroit police officer is facing 16 felony charges.

Addressing reporters at a news conference Tuesday, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said 28-year-old JuJwan Parks of Detroit has been charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder, First Degree Murder of a Police Officer, three counts of Assault with Intent to Murder, Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer Causing Death, Discharge of a Weapon in a Building Causing Death, Discharge of a Weapon in a Building Causing Serious Impairment, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and eight counts of Felony Firearm - Second Offense.

Officer Rasheen McClain, 46, was shot in the neck and killed and Officer Felipe Batoum-Bisse was wounded at a home on the city's northwest side two weeks ago.   

It's alleged that Parks shot at McClain, Batoum-Bisse and two other officers as they were searching the house, in the area of Wyoming and 8 Mile Road, on Nov. 20. Parks, who police said had broken into the home looking for an estranged girlfriend, was shot in the arm as he fled and was arrested about a block away. 

Police Chief James Craig said that the suspect had "tactical training" and wanted suicide by cop. "It's very clear he was trying to bait the officers," said Craig.

Parks, who was out on parole after serving time for several violent crimes, may be connected to several earlier shootings, including the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man on Detroit's east side, according to police.

Worthy said the investigations are ongoing. 

“As the allegations surrounding the heartbreaking death of Officer McClain unfold, we continue to do what is necessary to bring his assailant to justice. There cannot be a rush to judgment," Worthy said. "We charge JuJuan Parks with the death of Officer McClain today, but I would like to caution everyone that this investigation is far reaching and is not over. As always, we will be thorough and complete. Only the path of justice, and nothing else, will dictate further action."

Parks is scheeduled to be arraigned via video at 11 a.m. Thursday in 36th District Court.

Editor's Note: While 17 counts against Parks are listed, prosecutors say Parks faces only 16 as he is charged with one count of First Degree Murder under alternate counts.