19-Year-Old Detroit Teen Accidentally Shoots Cops He Thought Were Burglars-Charged With Four Felonies
In an unfortunate incident, 19-year-old Juwan Alexander Plummer’s life has been turned upside down.
The Detroit teenager was taken into police custody last week after accidentally shooting two police officers he thought were burglars at the home he shares with his mother and sibling.
Shown in the video of his arraignment, Plummer is teary-eyed as he pleads not guilty. The judge seems to have sympathy for Plummer’s situation, but the prosecutor builds a case around Plummer stating he knowingly shot the cops.
Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy said, “This case is very unfortunate and could have been much worse. We simply cannot and will not ignore the alleged actions of the defendant in this case. The victims could well have been a neighbor, or a small child. The lives of these officers, who were doing their jobs, will never be the same, and we must hold people accountable for their actions.”
She alleges Plummer fired the gun without looking out the window and says the officers identified themselves.
Worthy’s requests for the judge to give Plummer a high bond and place him under house arrest were denied by the judge. His bond was set at $25, 000.
The incident took place while Plummer was home with his mother and 14-year-old sibling, and according to police, there were past burglary calls made from the home.
The police chief James Craig said three calls about a burglary were made on the date Plummer accidentally shot the officers.
“Several calls of a burglary were made to the Police Department on this date. In fact, three calls were made. One of the individuals in the house, who we believe to be the 19-year-old male, fearing for the safety of his family, fired from inside the house, armed with a shotgun, striking both officers.”
The teenager has been arraigned on two counts each of intentional discharge of a firearm in a building causing serious injury, intentional discharge of a firearm in a building causing injury and felonious assault.
In addition to those charges, he has also been charged with four counts of felony firearm.
The gun Plummer used belonged to his grandfather who gave it to his mother for protection.
Plummer will appear back in court for a probable cause hearing on April 26.
Hopefully, the judge looks at Plummer’s background and if he has a clean record, takes that into consideration when deciding how to punish him. It would be a shame if this unfortunate accident prevents Plummer from going to school or getting job in the future.