Reward increased in shooting death of prison worker

The Detroit News

A reward for information about the shooting death of a corrections officer in 2012 has been increased threefold.

The Michigan Corrections Organization has added $5,000 to the original reward from Crime Stoppers of Michigan to bring the total up to $7,500.

Clarence Tariq Hammond III, 33, was shot just before midnight as he arrived at his Madison Heights apartment from his job at the Macomb Correctional Facility in New Haven.

Hammond, who was still in his uniform, was shot once in the head after the gunman demanded money as he sat in his 2009 charcoal gray Lexus.

Shortly after the shooting, police released a composite sketch of a possible suspect based on a description from Hammond’s girlfriend, who was in the car when he was shot.

The suspect is believed to have fled the President Madison Apartments, near John R and 13 Mile, in a gray minivan.

Hammond worked as a state corrections officer for six years. He earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Ferris State University after graduating from Mumford High School in Detroit. He also had taught fifth grade at Bates Academy in Detroit.

He is the father of two sons, Shiloh 8, and Chance, 7.

Anyone with information about the suspect or vehicle is asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at (800) 773-2587.