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Veteran Cop Passes Away After Being Hit by Wrong-Way Driver

Veteran Cop Passes Away After Being Hit by Wrong-Way Driver

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

June 13, 2011

DETROIT – A veteran of the Detroit Police Department who was hit by a car while on foot patrol in Greektown last Sunday has died.

Police were notified around midnight this morning that Charles Armour had died, Detroit Police spokeswoman Sgt Eren Stephens said. Armour worked for the department for more than 16 years, she said. A news conference is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. today at police headquarters.

A 30-year-old man from Buffalo, N.Y., is accused of hitting the officer while driving the wrong way on a one-way street in Greektown.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Armour was on foot patrol at St. Antoine and Monroe when Saddam Hussein Mohsin, traveling in the wrong direction, ran the officer over on June 5.

Mohsin was arraigned Tuesday on charges of assault with intent to commit murder, assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment of death, reckless driving causing serious impairment of body function, felonious assault and possession of marijuana, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The prosecutor’s office released a statement today expressing sadness over Armour’s death.

“When the Detroit Police Department presents us with a new warrant request in this case, we will review it for new charges,” according to the statement.

A warrant request has not yet been submitted, the statement says.

Mohsin’s attorney, Leon Weiss, said today he was surprised and saddened to hear of Armour’s death. He said he will be seeking a psychological evaluation of his client.

Weiss said he expects Mohsin will face a homicide charge of some degree.

“I feel very sorry for the family of the officer,” Weiss said, adding the incident was an accident and that Mohsin “definitely wasn’t operating within the framework of what we would call his right mind.”

He said Mohsin was in town visiting relatives, who live in Dearborn. Weiss described his client, who he said has five children, as “troubled.”

A memorial for Armour was posted on the Officer Down Memorial Page, a Web site that remembers fallen officers. According to the memorial, Armour was 40-years-old.


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