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Garden City Man Charged in Fatal Shooting of Detroit Police Officer

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Eddie Ray-Jr. Johnson, 35 (DOB: 08/19/1983) of Garden City, MI in connection with the fatal shooting of Elaine Williams, 34, a Detroit police officer. Johnson and Williams were domestic partners at the time of the shooting.

On June 2, 2019 at approximately 11:45 p.m., Garden City Police officers were dispatched to a location in the 200 block of Belton in response to a shooting. Upon arrival, the officers discovered the lifeless body of the victim, Elaine Williams, inside the home. The officers then located the defendant, who had sustained an injury, nearby. Medics arrived at the location and the defendant was taken into custody and transported to a local hospital for treatment of his wound. It is alleged that the defendant fatally shot the victim multiple times. The facts and evidence of the case will be presented at the preliminary examination.

Prosecutor Worthy said, "By all accounts, Elaine Williams was a beloved member of the Detroit Police Department. We mourn her passing. This case is a stark example of what can potentially happen in every domestic violence case. The alleged actions of this defendant will be addressed fairly and justly."

Johnson has been charged in 21st District Court with First Degree Murder and Felony Firearm.* He is expected to be arraigned in a local hospital today. The Probable Cause Conference is scheduled for June 17, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.; the Preliminary Examination is scheduled for June 24, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Both hearings are before Judge Richard Hammer in 21st District Court. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Garden City Police Department.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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