Funeral service set for Detroit officer killed in hit and run
Funeral services have been set for a Detroit police officer killed in a hit-and-run crash last week.
Visitation for Myron Jarrett is scheduled to run 2-9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Edward Swanson & Son Funeral Home, 30351 Dequindre, Madison Heights.
Services are noon Monday at Second Ebenezer Church, 14601 Dequindre, Detroit. Interment follows at Woodlawn Cemetery.
The arrangements come as a man faces charges in the officer's death.
A 54-year-old Lincoln Park man arraigned Monday in the fatal crash that killed Jarrett allegedly was high on crack cocaine, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said.
Steven Patrick Guzina is charged with one count each of second-degree murder; operating while intoxicated, causing death; OWI causing serious bodily injury; failure to stop at the scene of a crash when at fault, resulting in death; failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death; reckless driving causing death; and reckless driving causing serious impairment of a bodily function.
Guzina allegedly was the driver in the hit-and-run crash that killed Myron Jarrett, 40, as the officer assisted in a traffic investigation on the city's west side.
Guzina appeared before 36th District Magistrate Bari Blake Monday afternoon. A not-guilty plea was entered on his behalf.
Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Molly Kettler asked that Guzina remain jailed, a request Wood granted.
"The allegations in this case are very serious in that this defendant drove around the city purchasing crack cocaine, smoking it, drove around some more, purchased more crack cocaine, smoking it again traveling at a high rate of speed in the vehicle," Kettler said. "Repeatedly, he was told to slow down by a passenger in the vehicle..."
Earlier Monday, police said they contacted a woman who they believe was the passenger. Police found the woman at a hospital Monday morning and spoke with her, but she was not arrested, said Officer Shanelle Williams, a Detroit Police Department spokeswoman.
Following the arraignment, Deputy Police Chief David Levalley said the department is pleased Guzina remained jailed.
"We don't have to worry about this individual being back on the street," he said. "It appears as though his condition that night and what his actions throughout the day had been led to the event occurring."
Levalley said the department is coping with the loss of Jarrett, who he said was a great officer and a family man.
"Our department is working hard to recover the best we can," he said.
In a statement, Prosecutor Kym Worthy said, "The death of Officer Jarrett is yet another very tragic result of a person allegedly driving under the influence of intoxicants taking a life. There have been public service announcements and activism about this for decades. There are probably people driving under the influence at this very moment. Who knows when this will stop?"
Detroit Police Chief James Craig also remarked about Jarrett during a news conference Saturday.
“His fellow officers all said he was a nice man, a professional police officer who really served his community with distinction,” Craig said. “One of the things he liked to do was write tickets because he would talk to people, he would counsel them.”
“That’s the kind of police officer he was,” he said. “He was respected not only by the people he worked with, but also the people he served. He certainly will be missed.”
Craig's remarks were made in the lobby of the department’s 12th precinct, where Jarrett was stationed. Craig was joined by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.
“Officer Jarrett’s wife and children know that 700,000 Detroiters share their grief tonight,” he said. “They’re in our thoughts and our prayers.”
Guzina was taken into custody without incident in the area of Grand River and Schaefer.
Jarrett was assisting in a traffic investigation at Puritan and Monica around 10:30 p.m. Friday when Guzina allegedly crashed into the officer and at least three vehicles, police said.
An eight-year veteran and a father of four, Jarrett was pronounced dead at a hospital Friday night.
Craig said Jarrett, who had worked at the 12th precinct for the last three years, was given the nickname “Salt-n-Pepper” because of his hair.
His fellow officers affectionately referred to his leather-bound ticket book as his “man purse” because he was rarely seen without it, the chief said.
They also told the chief they had never seen Jarrett angry and that “he loved his job.”
Craig called on the media to give Jarrett’s family privacy in its grief.
Duggan issued a statement expressing his “thoughts and prayers” to Jarrett’s family and praised the police department for the quick arrest of a suspect.
“Our hearts also are with his DPD family,” Duggan said. “Despite the grief they are feeling today, the men and women of the Detroit Police Department responded quickly and professionally to locate and arrest the person responsible for Officer Jarrett’s death.”
Guzina, 54, of Lincoln Park is married to restauranteur Marisa Garcia, according to public records. She is the owner of Tijuana’s Mexican Kitchen in Dearborn and Lincoln Park.
The death of Jarrett is the second in a month for a Detroit police officer killed in the line of duty.
On Sept. 17. Sgt. Kenneth Steil’s died in a hospital five days after being shot allegedly by Marquise Cromer, who was wanted for allegedly shooting his father and carjacking a 23-year-old man the day before.
Cromer faces charges of murder of a peace officer, first-degree murder and resisting and obstructing a police officer causing death.
“There’s been way too much sadness in the city,” Duggan said. “This is just a reminder of one of the ways that our police officers are in danger everyday.”
Guzina returns to court Nov. 11 for a probable cause hearing and Nov. 18 for a preliminary examination Nov. 18
Staff Writer James David Dickson contributed.