DETROIT (WJBK) - The man accused of killing a Detroit Police officer earlier this year was scheduled to be in court Thursday for a judge to rule if he's competent to stand trial.
Decharlos Brooks is facing a slew of charges, including murder, assault and weapons charges, after the death of 25-year-old Glenn Doss Jr. in January.
He had a competency hearing scheduled back in April, but it was adjourned until Thursday, May 3. On May 3, it was then rescheduled until May 8, 2018.
Doss and other officers were called to the 5500 block of McDougall for reports of a couple arguing, and also possible shots fired. When they arrived, a 43-year-old suspect with a gun opened fire on them before they even got out of their patrol car, police said. Thirty bullet casings were found at the scene. Doss was hit twice.
The suspect barricaded himself inside his home for several hours after the shooting, but was eventually taken into custody. Doss died a few days later at the hospital.
Brooks' family had said he's mentally ill and was off his medication at the time of the shooting. Detroit Police Chief James Craig has been outspoken after Doss' death, demanding more and better treatment for those with mental illness.
Craig called Doss an American hero and one of Detroit's finest. He said that Doss' death is the latest in an epidemic.
"It's absolutely a crisis," Craig said. "But I don't hear any cry for treatment for those suffering from mental illness."
Doss was 25 years old and had been with the department for roughly two years. His father is also a member of the Detroit Police Department, and has been with the department for nearly 20 years. He was off duty the night Glenn Jr. was shot.
Doss leaves behind an infant son. The community has donated more than $60,000 via a GoFundMe account to his family.