Deadly Domestic Violence: Plea Agreement in Fatal Shooting of Detroit Officer


Detroit Officer’s Fatal Shooting: Plea Bargain for Manslaughter

In a tragic domestic incident that unfolded in 2019, Eddie Ray-Jr. Johnson of Garden City has pleaded no contest to manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Detroit Police Sgt. Elaine Williams.

The Plea Agreement

Johnson, initially charged with first-degree murder and felony firearm, entered a plea bargain that dismisses the felony firearm charge and sentences him to three years of probation. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 14th. However, any probation violation could lead to a 57 to 95-month prison sentence, with a maximum of 15 years.

The Incident

On June 2nd, 2019, Johnson and Williams, 34, both Detroit residents, returned home intoxicated from a bar. Neighbors reported hearing an argument and multiple gunshots. Officers arrived to find Williams fatally shot and Johnson with a gunshot wound.

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Johnson claimed to Garden City police that he shot Williams during a struggle after she had shot him first. However, all shell casings found at the scene matched those fired from Williams’ .40 caliber pistol.

Prosecutor’s Perspective

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy acknowledged the ambiguity surrounding the order of events during the shooting. Given the high burden of proof, she deemed the plea agreement an appropriate resolution, stating that it was “the just thing to do,” even if it was not the desired outcome.

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