18-year-old held in Detroit firefighter's slaying

Sarah Rahal
The Detroit News
Detroit police Capt. Michael McGinnis during a press conference on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018.

Detroit police announced an arrest Thursday in the shooting death of Detroit firefighter Jack Wiley Jr.

Detroit police said they arrested an 18-year-old man near the Southfield Freeway and Ford Road in Dearborn, said Capt. Michael McGinnis.  

"It's very early stages of this case so, a motive is something I can't speak to at this point," said McGinnis. "....The arresting crew did great police work in identifying a location for him and were successful in his apprehension."

McGinnis said he couldn't release the motive or if the man had a criminal record due to the integrity of the investigation. He also wouldn't offer details on what led the arresting team to Dearborn.

"I'm confident the individual we have in custody is involved and responsible for this heinous crime, and any others that may be involved, we will investigate that and catch up with them."

Wiley's sister reportedly found his body at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday inside his home in the 15000 block of Penrod on Detroit's west side. He had been shot.

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Wiley recently had been reassigned to the Detroit Fire Department's Engine 57 on Burt Road and was in the process of fixing up a brick home he had moved into a few months ago.

At the time, Detroit police Chief James Craig called it a "murder."

Wiley's car, which had been stolen, was recovered a few hours after police were called to the scene, said Detroit police Sgt. Nicole Kirkwood. 

Wiley joined Detroit's Fire Department in November 2014, following in the footsteps of his father, a retired Detroit Fire Department senior chief with the same name, acquaintances and co-workers said. He was described as a dedicated firefighter who was proud of his family's legacy of public service.

Deputy Fire Chief Dave Fornell said a funeral service has not yet been scheduled for Wiley. 


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