Inkster homicide victim served time on weapons charge

James David Dickson
The Detroit News

The man shot fatally in Inkster on March 31 has been identified as Lucky Hurst, said Lloyd Jackson, a spokesman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. Hurst died of multiple gunshot wounds, Jackson said.

Hurst, 26, was described by Michigan State Police as someone “well known to law enforcement,” and MSP insisted that his fatal shooting was “not random.” In May 2015, Hurst was arraigned on a felony firearms charge, and for being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Court records from Wayne County show that on October 2, Hurst pleaded guilty to the felon-in-possession charge. The felony firearms charge was dropped. Hurst was sentenced to two years of probation, with the first six months spent in Wayne County Jail, minus a 25-day credit for time served.

At the time, he was assessed $1,898 in fees: $130 for a crime victim’s fee, $68 to the state, $400 in attorney fees, and $1,300 in court costs. Another $340 in fees was tacked on in late November, and as of Hurst’s death the balance remaining was $2,238, according to court records.

Hurst was killed on the 1400 block of Jeffrey Lane, near Parkwood, around 12:15 a.m. on March 31. Jeffrey Lane is west of Middle Belt and south of Avondale.

This was the fourth homicide of 2016 in Inkster, a town of about 25,000 people, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. In a city of 100,000 people, which is how per-capita homicide figures are quoted, that equates to 16 homicides, in a little more than a quarter into the year.

Michigan State Police, who have investigated homicides and shootings in Inkster since 2011, ask that anyone with information on Hurst’s killing call Crime Stoppers of Michigan, anonymously, at 800-SPEAK-UP. Crime Stoppers’ call center is in Canada, in a room without caller ID, so as to protect the anonymity of tipsters.

jdickson@detroitnews.com