Detroit Evening Report, July 11, 2022: Man who bought gun used in fatal shooting of Detroit police officer facing federal charges

Detroit Police Chief speaks at a podium with a photo of Officer Loren Courts behind him.

DPD Police Chief James White speaks about the shooting of Officer Loren Courts, on Thursday, July 7, at Detroit Public Safety Headquarters.

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The man who purchased the gun used to fatally shoot a Detroit police officer last week is facing federal charges. The criminal complaint accuses 26-year-old Sheldon Avery Thomas of buying the gun for Ehmani Davis for a $50 profit. Officials say Davis shot officer Loren Courts with the weapon before being shot and killed by police. Under federal law, Thomas faces up to 10 years in prison for lying about buying a gun for someone else and a $250,000 fine.

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  • Sascha Raiyn
    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.