DETROIT (WXYZ) - Police have a 19-year-old in custody who is suspected of fatally shooting his soon-to-be stepfather, an active Air Force sergeant.
Johnny Clyburn was reportedly shot and killed this morning by Antonio Hicks, His fianceé, Hicks' mother, also suffered a gun shot wound to the leg.
Hicks fled the scene on foot and was found near Seven Mile and Mac Crary.
“I don’t know why he couldn’t have just wounded my son. Johnny took that boy in. This is why I say don’t try to help these disturbed children," says Brenda Clyburn, the victim's mother.
Hicks, his mother, and Sergeant Clyburn moved into the home a few months ago. Sgt. Clyburn was trying to help the teen who suffers from mental health issues.
Darwin Roche served overseas with Sgt. Clyburn and calls him "an icon in the military."
Members of the 127th security forces who served with Sgt. Clyburn and loved ones are stunned by the incident and will remember him for his devotion to his country.
The base's commanding officer has issued the following statement:
"Selfridge lost a valued member of our team to a tragic incident today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Johnny's family, friends and his Security Forces brethren," said Col. Philip Sheridan, 127th Wing commander. "We are standing ready to help his family get through this trying time."