Detroit Evening Report, July 14, 2022: Grand jury indicts man accused of buying gun that killed Detroit police officer

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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A federal grand jury has indicted a Detroit man accused of buying the gun used to kill police Officer Loren Courts. The Detroit News reports the one-count indictment alleges Sheldon Avery Thomas lied earlier this summer while buying a Draco semiautomatic pistol from a dealer. Prosecutors say he claimed he was the buyer of the firearm but he actually purchased it or Ehmani Davis. Officer Courts and his partner Amanda Hudgens responded to a call on July 6th of shots fired near Joy Road and Hubbell Avenue on Detroit’s west side. Police say the 19-year-old Davis started shooting out the closed window of his apartment. A bullet struck Courts in the neck as he sat in the police car. Funeral services for the five-year DPD veteran will be held Monday. A public viewing is scheduled this weekend at Detroit’s Greater Grace Temple.

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