Officer Down: Correction officer, a soon-to-be dad again, murdered in cold blood – killer on the run

DETROIT, MI- According to authorities, a Wayne County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) Correction Officer was murdered in an off-duty shooting during the morning hours on Monday, September 20th.

The victim, since identified as 23-year-old Davante Jones, came under fire as he was dropping someone off near Chrysler Service Drive and East Forest. Jones jumped out of his vehicle to try to avoid being hit, but was shot multiple times in the process.

He was found and taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital where he later died from his injuries. His family has been notified and Detroit Police are investigating the shooting. In a statement, Sheriff Raphael Washington said:

“We offer our condolences and prayers to the family who have lost their loved one in the most tragic way. This resonates with all of us on the job. We’re going to do all we can to find out what happened.”

Correction Officer Jones began serving the WSCO Jail Division One in 2019. According to reports, Jones has one child and a baby on the way. During a news conference, Wayne County Undersheriff Mike Jaarar, said:

“We’re all fathers. As a parent we can all relate to that loss. I didn’t know the officer personally, but in our line of work you don’t really have to. We are a family and when this happens to one it happens to all.”

Captain Reid Chakrabarty, who had trained Jones to be a deputy, described him as consistent and eager to work overtime. Jones was just six hours from the end of his last jail shift before he was murdered. Jaafar said Jones got off work at 11 p.m.

Jaafar added that the person Jones dropped off was not a deputy sheriff. As of this writing, the timeline between Jones leaving work at 11 p.m. and his death just before 5 a.m. is unclear. 

Jones’ death marks the latest tragic loss for the department in recent years. In August 2018, Sgt. Lee Smith, a deputy Wayne County sheriff, who was just weeks from retirement, was killed in a hit-and-run while off duty. 

With that incident, “30 to 40” people from the sheriff’s office and Westland police ran down tops and scoured “hours and hours” or surveillance video from dozens of locations before an arrest was made. Indicating that would happen with Jones case, Jaafar said:

“It will absolutely be a similar thing now. It’s all hands on deck.”

Jaafar stated that there are no early indications that the shooting is connected to Jones’ work at the jail, but that it was also still very early in the investigation. Detroit’s homicide unit is leading the investigation. Jaafar added:

“Detroit has a phenomenal homicide crew. They know what they’re doing. We’re pretty confident we’re going to get the shooter.”

Reginald Crawford, president of the Wayne County Deputy Sheriff’s Association said that resources are available for deputies who need to talk to someone about the loss. Crawford also noted how much loss the sheriff’s office has suffered in recent years.

Cpl. Bryant Searcy was killed in an attack at the division two jail in September 2020. Crawford said:

“Circumstances have run the gamut. We’ve lost members to COVID, hit-and-runs, murders, at the jail and off work.”

Anyone with any information about the shooting is encouraged to call the Detroit Police Department’s Homicide unit at 313-596-2260 or the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 313-833-0864.

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Massive manhunt underway after off-duty police officer shot and killed while enjoying dinner out with friends

August 22nd, 2021

HOUSTON, TX – An off-duty police officer from New Orleans, Louisiana, has been shot and killed while enjoying a dinner out with friends in Houston.

On the evening of Saturday, August 21, the unidentified New Orleans police officer and his friends were eating on the patio at the Grotto Ristorante, near the Galleria shopping center in Houston.

According to WGNO News, shortly after 5 pm the group was approached by two suspects, who had guns drawn and “demanded whatever [the diners] had on them.”

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner stated that all witnesses said everyone on the patio complied with the demands of the suspects.  However, one suspect still opened fire on the group.  

In the words of Chief Finner, the suspect “cowardly shot” the police officer and another diner.

The police officer sadly died at the scene, shortly after the arrival of Houston police.

The other victim, who was also visiting from New Orleans, was transported to a nearby hospital, where he is currently listed in critical condition.

The suspects, who are still on the run, have been described by Houston Police as “2 black male suspects.”

Surveillance video appears to show one suspect wearing a white hoodie and black pants, and the other suspect wearing a black hoodie and jeans.

The pair reportedly fled in a 4-door gray or silver Nissan Altima bearing paper plates.

At a press conference after the shooting, Chief Finner stated:

“I’m asking Houston and New Orleans to please pray for [the slain officer] and his family.”

He continued with a strong message to his community:

“I want to talk to Houston today, and everybody that lives in Houston.

“We’re better than this.  And I’m not going to let by as the chief, and everybody that’s standing with me right now, and let a few little thugs tear down our city.  

“So when I ask you, and you ask, ‘What can you do for me? What can we do for our city?’ – somebody knows them.

“And I want everybody in every neighborhood to stand up, give us some information so we can get these individuals in custody.”

Finner went on to say:

“Y’all know I’m very respectful of people.  But right now I’m damn mad.

“It makes no sense, and we’re going to stand together as a city.

“You look at the stats over the last couple of weeks.  Crime has been going down a little bit and we want to continue to do that.

“But right now, I’m not worried about the stats.  I’m worrying about getting these two individuals, because I don’t want them to be a reflection of our city.”

Chief Finner declined to share the slain officer’s name at this time for privacy reasons, but did share that he had two children at home in New Orleans.

Finner also shared that his friend, New Orleans Police Superintendent Sean Ferguson, told him that the officer was “well-respected.”

Superintendent Ferguson also released a statement on the night of the shooting, saying:

“We have been made aware of this incident. We are certain the Houston Police Department will work diligently to find the perpetrators of this terrible crime.” 

He continued:

“We are praying for the family of our fallen officer. We are also praying for the family of the second victim in this incident. 

“I want to thank Houston Police Chief Troy Finner for his strong words of support tonight. 

“I would also ask that you pray for the NOPD family as we begin to understand the enormous loss we have suffered.” 

Ferguson concluded:

“At this point, we will not be identifying the fallen officer and we ask that you respect the privacy of his family at this terrible time.”

This is a developing story.  Please continue to follow Law Enforcement today for updates on this homicide investigation.

The Homicide division of the Houston Police Department is accepting tips at 713-308-3600.

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Report: Texas judge strikes down Biden’s “sanctuary country” orders for illegal immigrants

TEXAS- In a ruling on Thursday, August 19th, a Texas judge struck down President Joe Biden’s “sanctuary country” orders for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

These orders, which were first announced back in February, have allowed countless criminal illegal immigrants from local, state, and federal custody to be released into the United States.

At the time, the new guidance instructed agents not to pursue illegal immigrants for arrest and deportation until they have been convicted of aggravated felonies against Americans or identified as terrorists or gang members.

Aggravated felonies include crimes such a rape, murder, child pornography, sexual abuse or a minor, trafficking firearms, and theft.

In his recent ruling, Judge Drew Tipton issued a preliminary nationwide injunction sought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) and Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry (R) that prevents the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing the orders that have kept several criminal illegal immigrants in the U.S. since Biden took office. 

As a result of the orders implemented back in February, illegal immigrants who were not recently convicted of an aggravated felony in the U.S. were released into American communities instead of being turned over to ICE agents for arrest and deportation.

Tipton’s recent ruling, however, blocks DHS from continuing to implement the orders. He wrote, he part:

“Although this case involves many issues of administrative and immigration law, its core concerns whether the Executive Branch may implement a policy that directly conflicts with laws that Congress enacted.

The answer is no. In the end, through all their detailed explanations of the Executive’s seemingly unending discretion, the Government substantially undervalues the People’s grant of ‘legislative powers’ to Congress.”

The judge added:

“Because the States have demonstrated that there is a substantial likelihood that portions of the Memoranda direct Executive Branch officials to act in a way that is contrary to Sections 1226(c) and 1231(a)(2), those actions of the Memoranda cannot stand and are hereby enjoined.”

He continued:

“Additionally, the Court enjoins the sections of the Memoranda described above because the States have demonstrated a substantial likelihood that the policy concerning detention of certain aliens set forth in the Memoranda is arbitrary and capricious under the [Administrative Procedure Act] APA and the Memoranda fail to comply with the APA’s notice and comment requirement.”

The judge concluded:

“This Preliminary Injunction is granted on a nationwide basis and prohibits enforcement and implementation in every place the Government has jurisdiction to enforce and implement the January 20 and February 18 Memoranda.”

Additionally, Tipton ordered the Biden administration to provide a monthly report on the number of illegal immigrants who were released into the U.S. the previous month after ICE agents did not detain them.

The court asks for each illegal immigrants’ name, the crime they are charged and were detained for as well as the reason they were not detained by ICE agents and the ICE official who made the decision not to detain them.

Tipton ordered the nationwide preliminary injunction to remain in effect pending a final resolution in the case or “until a further Order from this Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, or the United States Supreme Court.”

The case is Texas v. U.S. No. 6:21-cv-00016 in United States District court for the Southern District of Texas. Other states, such as Florida, Montana, and Arizona have also filed lawsuits against the Biden administration.

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