DETROIT, MICH. - An 8-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department was killed in a hit-and-run crash while assisting with a traffic investigation on the city's west side. A suspect has been arrested.
The officer was identified as Officer Myron Jarrett, 40. A spokesman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office said Jarrett, who had an address in Warren, died of multiple injuries in the late Friday night crash.
“While the officer was getting back into his vehicle, a Dodge van, speeding, struck the officer, killing him and injuring the other officer in the vehicle,” said Michael Woody, Detroit Police Department director of media relations.
The officers were assisting another unit from the 12th Precinct in the area of Puritan and Monica, near Livernois, when the officer was hit around 10:30 p.m., Woody said.
The van stopped a short distance away and the driver and an unidentified woman reportedly with him ran off, he said.
“We searched for the man all night,” Woody said, adding there were dozens of officers looking.
A tip led police to a bus stop at Grand River and Schaefer in Detroit.
According to police, Steven Guzina was arrested and remains in police custody in connection with the incident. He has not been charged and police are still investigating.
Marisa Garcia, a Detroit and Lincoln Park restaurant owner, said through a spokesman today that Guzina is her estranged husband, and that she has been cooperating with Detroit Police investigators.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragic events of Friday night," reads the statement, which was released by Lawrence Garcia, a Detroit attorney who is no relation.
“Since she first heard about what happened, my client, Marisa Garcia, has been cooperating fully with the authorities relative to their interest in her estranged husband, Steven Guzina. Ms. Garcia has always been a strong supporter of the communities where her restaurants are located – Detroit and Lincoln Park. She and her business associates are confident that our justice system will produce a just result, and although they had no involvement in what happened Friday night, they are sure that the process will get to the truth.”
Marisa Garcia runs three Tijuana's Mexican Kitchen restaurants.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan also released a statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out today to the family of Ofc. Myron Jarrett, the fallen DPD officer who lost his life last night while serving and protecting our city," Duggan said in a statement this morning. “Our hearts also are with his DPD family,”
Jarrett’s partner sustained minor injuries and was treated at the hospital and released this morning, Woody said. He has been on the job for about four months.
Jarrett's death is the second for the department in as many months.
Capt.Kenneth Steil, a 20-year police veteran, who worked on the special-ops team and served on the Detroit Police Underwater Recovery Team, was shot in the line of duty Sept. 12 and died Sept. 17.
“We’re still reeling in the loss of Capt. Steil. Now here comes the loss of Officer Jarrett,” Woody said. “It’s just a lot to take in.”
Detroit Free Press