DECATUR, IL – A Decatur Police officer was reportedly shot at while parked inside of their marked squad vehicle during the evening of June 18th.
Officials say that the officer was not injured during the shooting and that a 29-year-old suspect was arrested following a pursuit that ensued.
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At approximately 10:45 p.m. on June 18th, a Decatur Police officer was inside of a marked squad car at a church parking lot within the 300 block of East Leafland Avenue, with the officer reportedly completing some paperwork at the time.
While sitting inside of his squad car, authorities say that a man, later identified as 29-year old Marcus Boykin, allegedly pulled up to the officer’s driver’s side window and fired a single shot toward the officer.
Luckily, the officer was not struck by said gunfire.
Following the shooting, a pursuit was launched, with authorities saying that Boykin pointed a firearm at officers as they were attempting to pull him over.
Reportedly one officer fired at Boykin in response to the raised firearm, but the suspect was not hit by the officer’s gunfire.
Police say that the pursuit ended within the 1300 block of North Martin Luther King Drive and Boykin was taken unto custody.
Boykin is now facing a litany of charges, which include attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated assault of a police officer, possession of a weapon by a felon, aggravated fleeing and eluding, as well as aggravated DUI.
The officer who reportedly opened fire on the suspect during the pursuit was placed on administrative leave, which is standard policy within Decatur Police.
Officials have not released the name of the officer fired upon initially during the incident.
This is an ongoing investigation.
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This isn’t the first case we at Law Enforcement Today have reported on where officers came under fire unprovoked.
Back in April, we reported on an incident where Detroit Police officers were shot at while working a crime scene in which the shooting suspect apparently had no connection to.
Here’s that previous report.
DETROIT, MI – According to officials, Detroit Police officers that were working a crime scene involving multiple gunshot victims during the early morning hours of April 19th were ambushed by a 27-year-old suspect who had reportedly opened fire on the officers working the crime scene.
Officials say that the suspect who allegedly tried shooting the officers was fatally shot by police following a pursuit.
Here are the details known so far.
A man was shot and killed by Detroit police after he targeted officers as they investigated a scene where five people were shot, led police on a 100 mph chase and instigated multiple shootouts, according to the chief. https://t.co/YTDMH0Egr9
— Local 4 WDIV Detroit (@Local4News) April 19, 2021
Detroit Police Chief James Craig described the April 19th incident as being “very complex,” which is a rather appropriate analysis.
The incident regarding the early morning ambush is tied to two other crime scenes, one being a shooting incident and a fatal crash nearby the shooting scene, that Detroit officers had been working since the evening of April 18th.
At approximately 10:50 p.m. on April 18th, police began working the scene of a shooting where five people had been non-fatally shot near West McNichols Road and Ward Avenue.
Chief Craig said the five victims from that shooting were four men, aged 36, 32, 29 and 18, as well as a 30-year-old woman.
Not far from the shooting scene, Detroit officers we’re investigating a fatal crash. Investigators believe that the shooting scene and the fatal crash are linked, presuming that the suspects from the shooting had fled the location and wound up colliding with another car.
Reportedly, one person died as a result of that collision.
Considering how late in the evening police started investigating the April 18th shooting incident, officers were still actively working the crime scene during the early morning hours of April 19th.
Chief Craig says that at approximately 2:38 a.m. on April 19th, a 27-year-old man that was inside of a 2019 Yukon drove up to where the officers were still investigating the shooting scene and opened fire on the officers.
Reports indicate that the suspect inside of the Yukon fired three shots at officers, with each shot striking police vehicles staged around the crime scene.
The suspect was said to have then fled the scene, leading to a high-speed police pursuit that spanned across various neighborhoods and briefly taking place on the freeway.
Chief Craig made the following remarks regarding the police pursuit of the suspect:
“Clearly this was a suspect that we had to apprehend. Clearly he was focused on one thing and one thing only: to kill a police officer.”
The alleged gunman was said to have pulled into a parking lot in the area of Mohican and East 8 Mile Road, exiting the Yukon and allegedly shooting at officers once again.
— Metro Detroit Crime (@CrimeInTheD) April 19, 2021
Officers reportedly exchanged gunfire with the suspect briefly, with Chief Craig noting that it’s unclear whether the suspect was shot by any the returned fire that occurred during the parking lot exchange.
The suspect was said to have then fled the parking lot area on foot, eventually getting tracked down roughly half a mile away from where he abandoned his vehicle.
Authorities say that the suspect had pointed his firearm at officers that had located him, which then led to another instance of exchanged gunfire between police and the suspect. Chief Craig says that this final encounter led to the suspect being shot.
Officers on scene immediately rendered first aid to the suspect, with first responders later transferring the suspect to a nearby hospital. However, the suspect died as a result of his sustained injuries.
Investigators recovered a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson at the scene of the final encounter with the 27-year-old suspect.
Even though investigators haven’t pieced together a motive regarding why the suspect would allegedly target police officers working a crime scene, Chief Craig noted that the suspect recently dealt with the deaths of his six-month-old cousin and a 21-year-old friend.
On top of the recent losses that this suspect reportedly was dealing with, Chief Craig also pointed out that the suspect had been consuming alcohol inside of his vehicle prior to the ambush.
Chief Craig described the suspect’s alleged actions prior to firing at officers as being a scenario where he was almost “preparing himself for battle”:
“We believe – again, we may know as this investigation progresses – that he laid in wait. He waited. Again, he encountered our officers at 2:30 in the morning.
“We were at the scene doing our investigative work at around 10:30. So we believe he sat there. He may have been nearby, certainly consuming alcohol. His music was loud. It was as if he was preparing himself for battle.”
27-year-old dead after ‘unprovoked’ shooting attack on police officers https://t.co/SYo0NgRp70
— MLive (@MLive) April 19, 2021
While investigators believe that the deceased suspect carried out the shooting with intent, authorities are still uncertain of what may have motivated his alleged actions outside of possibly being in a state of depression, according to Chief Craig:
“We don’t know if he was going through a state of depression at the time. We’re trying to figure out what would be the motive in an unprovoked way to attack Detroit police officers for no apparent reason.”
The Detroit Police chief did point out that incidents involving police officers being targeted in attacks is partially inspired by the “anti-police rhetoric” that has become all the more normalized in modern times:
“We have seen an increase in violence directed at police officers, not just here in Detroit, but around this country. Personally, I think it’s the anti-police rhetoric.”
When commenting on the criminal history of the deceased suspect, Chief Craig stated that the individual had “very little” of such.
Luckily, throughout the entirety of the exchanged gunfire and pursuit of the suspect, no officers were injured.
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