Funeral plans, visitation set for DPD Sgt who died from gunshot wound complications

Visitation and funeral plans have been announced for the Detroit officer who died from complications after being shot.

Sergeant Ken Steil, 46, died Saturday at St. John Hospital in Detroit. Sources say Steil was scheduled to be released from St. John that morning.

Visitation will be held at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons 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.

The 20-year veteran had been promoted to sergeant after five years on the force and had been assigned to the 9th precinct.

Sergeant Steil leaves behind a wife and two small boys, ages 3 and 5.

A scholarship fund has been set up for his children and their educational needs. The Ken Steil Scholarship Fund can be found at through the Detroit Public Safety Foundation.

Steil was recovering from a gunshot wound he suffered the night of Sept. 12. 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.

Cromer was arraigned Tuesday on four charges, including assault with intent to commit murder which will change with the death of Steil.

Police are asking the community to show support by stopping by the makeshift memorial and paying your respects. Bring a card, a picture, anything to contribute to the memorial outside the station at  3500 Conner Street in Detroit that will be used in the funeral.