The murder charge against a young man accused in the death of Detroit Police Officer Fadi Shukur has been dropped.
Jonathan Cole, 19, is still facing charges of reckless driving causing death and failing to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death, which are both felonies.
Officer Shukur was struck last month while working crowd control at a peace vigil and died several days later. The alleged driver, Cole, fled the scene of the crime but later turned himself in.
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According to the prosecutor, there is evidence Cole was speeding at the time, but that speed was not excessive. Cole also has no prior record.
Shukur was a Navy veteran who continued to protect and serve when he became an officer with the Detroit Police Department just over a year ago. He leaves behind his wife Nadine--they married just one month ago.
Shukur is the third Detroit police officer killed in the line of duty this year.