Man charged with murder in death of Detroit sergeant

- A man who had been charged in connection with the shooting of a Detroit Police sergeant has now been charged with first-degree murder following the sergeant's death.

Sergeant Ken Steil, 46, died Saturday at St. John Hospital in Detroit. Steil was scheduled to be released from St. John that morning, but suffered a complication.

Steil was recovering from a gunshot wound he suffered Monday night. He was pursuing an armed suspect named Marquis Cromer in the area of Seven Mile and Hayes. Police say the 21-year-old had been on an hours-long crime spree, and had just shot his own father and another person.

During the pursuit, police say Cromer shot at Steil, hitting him in the shoulder with a sawed-off shotgun. At the time, Steil was said to make a full recovery.

Monday the Wayne County Prosecutor's office amended Cromer's charges to one count of Murder of a Peace Officer; one count of First Degree Murder; one count of Resisting and Obstructing Police Officer Causing Death; two counts of  Resisting and Obstructing a Police Officer; one count of Possession of a Short Barreled Shotgun; and Felony Firearm.

Authorities say last Monday, before Cromer is accused of shooting Sgt. Steil, he shot his father in the feet during a domestic dispute and took off.

Detroit police got a call later that day when Cromer was spotted in a restaurant. Police went to the location and began to run after Cromer.

Authorities say Steil was running after Cromer when Cromer shot him in the shoulder with a sawed-off shotgun. Cromer continued to run, but was later caught and taken into custody.

Prosecutor Worthy said in a press release that, "The entire staff of the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office mourn the death of Sgt. Kenneth Steil and send our deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fellow law enforcement colleagues. Today we have amended the charges against Marquis Cromer to  Murder of a Peace Officer, First Degree Murder and Resisting and Obstructing Police Officer Causing Death. Make no mistake about it: the alleged actions of Defendant Cromer led to the tragic death of Sgt. Steil and we will aggressively ensure that justice is done."

Visitation for Steil will be held at Wujek-Cakcaterra funeral home, 36900 Schoenherr Road, Sterling Heights from Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 4-9 p.m. and Thursday Sept. 22 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a rosary from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

His funeral service will be held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 22412 Overlake, St. Clair Shores. The family hour is 10 to 11 a.m. with the funeral service beginning at 11 a.m.

This is a developing story. Stay with FOX 2 for updates.


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