Juwan Plummer, a 19-year-old from Detroit, faces up to 20 years in prison after unintentionally shooting two cops he thought were burglars.
According to Detroit (WXYZ), the shooting occurred on April 16th at approximately 11:45 p.m.. Police reports show that there had been an attempted break-in three days before the shooting. Therefore, Plummer, and those in support of his case, argue that he was simply traumatized from the prior break in. Before the shooting took place, the two officers were checking in on a house across the street that had also received reports of attempted break-ins, and they then decided to go to Plummer’s house. Although prosecutors stated that the two officers, who were in uniform, knocked on the door, Plummer argues that he never heard a knock. Additionally, the officers had flashlights and came unannounced. Therefore, the teen was spooked by the noise of two potentially dangerous people shining flashlights around his basement. This ultimately triggered the gunshot.
Both the officials and Plummer’s father, Vincent Redd, have stated that the teen fired the single shot out of the basement window because he merely feared for the safety of his family. Officials also stated that Plummer has no prior criminal history. The image below shows Redd explaining the situation to reporters.
Plummer fired one gun shot that injured the two officers. He pulled the trigger from his basement, hoping to scare off who he believed were criminals. According to officials, one of the shotgun pellets grazed one officer’s arm, while two of the pellets struck the other officer in the face. Fortunately, both officers have been released from the hospital.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy assigned the following charges to Plummer: discharge of a firearm in a building causing serious impairment, discharge of a firearm in a building causing injury, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and four counts of felony firearm.
The teen is currently out of jail on bond, but is scheduled for a preliminary examination on May 5 to determine whether his case will transition to trial.
While it is notable that both officers have been released from the hospital, one overarching question remains:
Should a teen who merely defended his family from unannounced guests be sentenced to years in prison? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.