Supporters rally for Detroit teen accused of shooting DPD officers

Posted at 12:28 PM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 12:28:27-04

Supporters rallied outside of the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice on Friday afternoon to support a Detroit teen accused of shooting two Detroit police officers.

Juwan Plummer, 19, is accused of shooting the officers, after he said he thought they were criminals on his doorstep. He said he was just protecting his family.

Inside the courtroom, Plummer appeared for his final conference before the case moves to trial.

It happened on April 16 in the 20500 block of Lesure. Three days before, someone tried to break into the same home.

Then, on April 16, his family called 911 after hearing noises and thinking there was another break in across the street. That's when Plummer said he heard knocking on his door and was afraid.

He fired a shot out the window toward the knocking, not realizing it was police at the door.

Officer Tyler Simmons and his partner, Matthew Windiest were hit.

In May, a judge ruled that Plummer will stand trial to determine if his actions are reasonable given the circumstances.