Visitation, Funeral Information Released For Slain Detroit Sergeant

DETROIT (WWJ) — Visitation and funeral arraignments have been made for a Detroit police sergeant who died in the hospital on Saturday just days after being shot by an assailant.

Visitation for Sgt. Ken Steils will be held from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Wednesday and from 2 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursday at the Wujek Calcaterra & Sons Company Funeral Home on Schoenherr Rd. and 16 Mile Rd. in Sterling Heights.

Services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at The St. Joan of Arc Parrish Center on Overlake St., just off of Mack Ave., in St. Clair Shores.

Internment will be at Resurrection Cemetery on Clinton River Rd., west of Romeo Plank Rd., in Clinton Township.

Steil, a 17-year veteran of the department, died Saturday after being shot in the shoulder by a suspect with a sawed-off shotgun at a gas station on September 12.

Authorities originally said that Steil was expected to survive. He was taken to St. John Hospital late Monday night where he was reported to be in fair condition.

Steil was talking about returning to the force when he died suddenly from complications, shortly before he was supposed to be released from the hospital.

Police Chief James Craig said officers were pursuing a 21-year-old man suspected in several crimes on September 12 when Steil “went in for pursuit” and the suspect shot him.

Craig said the suspect — 21-year-old Marquise Cromer — was wanted in the shooting of his own father during dinner at a home on Dickerson Ave. on September 11.

Cromer was charged with first-degree murder in Steil’s death on Monday. Cromer will be arraigned on the new charges at a hearing set for Tuesday.

He was previously charged with the following in connection with the incident: one count of assault with intent to murder; one count of resisting and obstructing police officer causing serious impairment; three counts of  resisting and obstructing a police officer; one count of possession of a short-barreled shotgun, and felony firearm.

Cromer was also charged with assault, accused of shooting his father at their home on Dickerson, near Jefferson Ave., in Detroit. Prosecutors say he also threatened his stepmother at gunpoint.

Police have said Cromer suffers from depression and had not been taking his medication.


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