Man, 19, charged with murder of Detroit officer

Charles E. Ramirez
The Detroit News
Jonathan Cole

Murder has been added to the charges against a Belleville man accused in the Aug. 4 hit-and-run of a Detroit Police officer.

Jonathan David Cole, 19, was formally charged in court Thursday with second-degree murder. The crime is punishable by up to life in prison.

Cole was arraigned on the charges in 36th District Court via video.

The charges against Cole were amended Wednesday to reckless driving causing death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident when at fault resulting in death, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

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Magistrate Jeffrey Kleparek ordered Cole to he held in jail without bond.

The magistrate said was concerned about Cole's willingness to return to court because Cole didn't stop driving after striking Shukur until his vehicle broke down and because he didn't immediately turn himself in to police after the crash.

Kleparek scheduled a probable cause hearing for Cole on Aug. 30 and a preliminary examination for Sept. 6. Both hearings will be held in Wayne County Circuit Court.

Authorities accuse Cole of striking Officer Fadi Shukur, 30, with his vehicle as the police man walked to his patrol car at about 2:40 a.m. Aug. 4 in the 18000 block of West McNichols near Stahelin Avenue on the city's west side. Shukur and his fellow officers from the city's Eighth Precinct were helping with a crowd control situation in the area.

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Cole fled the scene, but later turned himself in at a Detroit Police precinct, officials said. Investigators located his vehicle in Belleville after he surrendered.

Fadi Shukur

On Thursday, Kleparek read the charges against Cole in court. He said among the allegations is Cole told a passenger in the front seat of his car that he had consumed two shots of alcohol before picking up the passenger. 

"The passenger also said she told Mr. Cole that there were police lights and someone was in the roadway before the crash," the magistrate said. 

Shukur, who suffered a brain injury and had been in critical condition, died Wednesday morning.

He had served on the Detroit Police force for about a year and a half, officials said.

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Cole, who has no prior criminal history, has remained in a Detroit jail since turning himself in and was held on a $150,000 bond.

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