Man arraigned in fatal shooting of Detroit police officer
DETROIT (AP) — A convicted felon was arraigned in the fatal shooting of a Detroit police officer and the wounding of another as they searched for him following a home invasion on the city’s west side, according to the Wayne County prosecutor’s office.
JuJuan Parks, 28, was in 36th District Court Thursday. He faces 16 charges including first-degree premeditated murder and three counts of assault with intent to murder.
Officer Rasheen McClain was shot in the neck Nov. 20 and later died at a hospital. His partner, Officer Phillippe Batoum-Bisse, was shot in the leg as he, McClain and two other officers descended basement stairs to look for Parks.
Parks was looking for an estranged girlfriend at the home, which police believe he shot at about two weeks earlier, Chief James Craig said.
When officers arrived, people who had fled the home told them there was a man inside with a gun.
Craig has said that Parks baited the officers to come down the stairs and fired twice from an assault-type rifle before trying to flee.
The two other officers retreated and took up tactical positions outside the house. Parks was wounded outside the house by one of those officers and dropped the rifle.
He was arrested about a block away.
A probable cause conference was scheduled for Dec. 19.
Parks’ preliminary examination is expected to be held Dec. 23.
Craig has said he may be connected to several earlier shootings, including the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man on Detroit’s east side.
The prosecutor’s office has declined to comment on other ongoing investigations related to Parks.