DETROIT (WXYZ) — Before a new class of Detroit police officers took their oath on Friday, Chief James Craig asked for a moment of silence for fallen Officer Rasheen McClain.
"As you know, several days ago we lost one of our heroes," he said of the 46-year-old from the 12th precinct.
Chief Craig also asked for a moment of silence for another officer, who died of natural causes following a recent surgery.
McClain, a 16-year-veteran of the Detroit Police Department, was shot and killed Wednesday when he and his partner, Officer Phillippe Batoum-Bisse, were responding to a scene on the city's west side.
Officer Batoum-Bisse, shot in the ankle, is expected to recover.
Chief Craig reminded the new officers of the serious job they're signing up for.
During a @detroitpolice class graduation today, Chief Craig reminded new officers of the important oath they're taking. Of Officers McClain and Batoum-Bisse he says "They did what we expect Detroit police officers to do. not run away from danger, but run to danger." @wxyzdetroit pic.twitter.com/JvGI75hs9N— Jenn Schanz (@JennSchanzWXYZ) November 22, 2019
“They did what we expect Detroit police officers to do, not run away from danger, but run to danger," Chief Craig said of Officers Batoum-Bisse and McClain.
The Rasheen McClain Memorial Fundraiser raised more than $5,700 in just two days.
McClain leaves behind and a wife and two stepchildren. No word yet on funeral services.