Slain Detroit police officer Glenn Doss Jr. remembered as an American hero

DETROIT, MICH. - Glenn Doss Jr., the Detroit Police officer who died after being shot in the line of duty, was remembered by his father as the kind of son about whom “you can’t find nothing bad to say” at a funeral service attended by hundreds at the Greater Grace Temple in Detroit Friday morning.

“It’s an honor to be his dad,” said Glenn Doss Sr., a 19-year-veteran of the Detroit Police Department, who received a standing applause as he took the stage behind the open casket of his 25-year-old son, who had served nearly two years on the force before his untimely death on Jan. 28.

Glenn Doss Sr. called male members of the family to stand in front of the stage as he spoke. When he concluded his remarks, together they joined in the son “Just The Two of Us," which Glenn Doss Sr. described as a father-son favorite that he sang to his son “ever since he was little all the way to growing up to being a young man.”

Detroit Police Chief James Craig told the audience that it wasn’t too long since he'd stood on the stage at Greater Grace Temple with both Glenn Doss Jr. and Glenn Doss Sr.  and presented the younger Doss with his badge and took a photo with him.

“His brief yet unforgettable two-year career with the Detroit Police Department will forever be preserved by the memory of his unyielding dedication,” said Craig, who described Glenn Doss Jr. as an American hero who touched many lives and served fellow officers with tremendous work ethic.

Craig said an attack on any officer is “an attack on all of us” but took a moment to touch on mental illness. The man accused and charged with killing Glenn Doss Jr. suffers from mental illness, according to family.

“No longer can we or should we ignore this issue,” Craig said, after remembering other fallen officers, including one of his friends who he said was killed by someone suffering from mental illness. “It needs to be addressed. It needs to be addressed today.”

Gov. Rick Snyder, who ordered flags at the state capitol complex at half-staff, described the loss of Officer Doss as an awful day.

“The question is what do you do when these awful days come?” Snyder said. “Well, the first thing we needed to do is recognize we’re all together. We need to support one another. We need to rally together.”

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said he was so heartbroken he could barely speak when he visited Glenn Doss Jr. in the hospital.

“I love being mayor of Detroit but the worst days are the days when one of our first responders are critically injured and you go to the hospital and you meet and start to get to know a family at what is the most stressful, traumatic time of their life,” Duggan said.

Glenn Doss Jr. was responding to a domestic violence call the night of Jan. 24 on the 5500 block of McDougall Street near East Kirby when a gunman shot him in the head.

Decharlos O. Brooks, accused of shooting Doss, has been charged with eight counts of assault with intent to murder, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office. 

Brooks, 43, of Detroit, also was charged with seven counts of resisting and obstructing, one count of carrying a dangerous weapon and 17 counts of felony firearm. 

The probable cause hearing for Brooks is set for 8:30 a.m. Feb. 6 in 36th District Court in Detroit.

Interment services for Glenn Doss Jr. were held at Grand Lawn Cemetery. He has a wife, Emily, and son, Eli.

“Glenn Anthony Doss represented everything that is good about public service, Detroit Police Department, the city of Detroit,” Craig said at the service.

Free Press reporters Aleanna Siacon, Allie Gross, Perry A. Farrell, and Robert Allen contributed. Contact Hasan Dudar at hdudar@freepress.com.

Detroit Free Press


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