Detroit MI Oct 29 2016 An 8-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department was killed in a hit-and-run crash while assisting with a traffic investigation Friday night. on the city's west side.
He was identified as Officer Myron Jarrett in a statement from the mayor's office this morning.
“While the officer was getting back into his vehicle, a Dodge van, traveling at a high rate of speed, struck the officer, killing him and injuring the other officer in the vehicle,” said Michael Woody, Detroit Police Department Director of Media Relations.
The officers were assisting another unit from Precinct 12 in the area of Puritan and Monica, near Livernois, when the officer was hit around 10:30 p.m., Woody said.
The van stopped a short distance away and the driver and a woman reportedly with him ran off, he said.
“We searched for the man all night,” Woody said, adding there were dozens of officers looking.
A tip led police to a bus stop at Grand River and Schaefer in Detroit.
According to police, Steven Guzina was arrested and remains in police custody in connection with the incident. He has not been charged and police are still investigating.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out today to the family of Ofc. Myron Jarrett, the fallen DPD officer who lost his life last night while serving and protecting our city," Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement released this morning. “Our hearts also are with his DPD family,”
Jarrett’s partner sustained minor injuries and was treated at the hospital and released this morning, Woody said. He has been on the job for about four months.
Jarrett's death is the second for the department in as many months.
Capt.Kenneth Steil, a 20-year police veteran, who worked on the special-ops team and served on the Detroit Police Underwater Recovery Team, was shot in the line of duty Sept. 12 and died Sept. 17.
“We’re still reeling in the loss of Capt. Steil. Now here comes the loss of Officer Jarrett,” Woody said. “It’s just a lot to take in.”
Detroit Free Press