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Sergeant Kenneth Steil


September 17, 2016

Sergeant Kenneth Steil succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on September 12th, 2016, while chasing a subject who had just attempted to carjack a vehicle at approximately 11:00 pm.

As officers arrived on scene of the carjacking, at a gas station at 7 Mile East and Hayes Street, the man suspect fled on foot. As Sergeant Steil pursued him the man turned and fired a sawed-off shotgun, striking Sergeant Steil in the shoulder. Two other officers were able to subdue the man and take him into custody.

It was later determined that the subject had shot his own father in the foot the previous night. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder and several other felonies.

Sergeant Steil was transported to St. John Hospital where it was initially believed he would recover, however, he experienced complications and died on September 17th, 2016.

Sergeant Steil had served with the Detroit Police Department for 20 years and was assigned to the 9th District. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.

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