Police Officer Charles Armour Detroit P.D., Michigan EoW: Saturday, June 11, 2011

Police Officer Charles Detroit Police Department, Michigan

Police Officer
Charles "Chuck" Armour

Detroit Police Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Saturday, June 11, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 17 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: June 5, 2011
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Info: In custody

Agency Contact Information

Detroit Police Department
1300 Beaubien Street
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 596-2200

Police Officer Chuck Armour succumbed to injuries sustained one week earlier when he was intentionally struck by a vehicle he had attempted to stop while on foot patrol in the Greektown area of Detroit.
The driver driving the wrong way down a one way street and was yelling obscenities at pedestrians.
Officer Armour instructed the man to stop when observed him driving the wrong way on St. Antoine Street at approximately 12:30 am. Instead of stopping, the driver struck Officer Armour and then turned the wrong way down a another street. He was stopped by other officers and arrested on Monroe Street.
The suspect was initially charged with assault with intent to kill.
Officer Armour was transported to a local hospital with several broken bones and passed away one week later from complications after undergoing surgery for his injuries.
Officer Armour had served with the Detroit Police Department for 17 years.

A veteran of the Detroit Police Department who was hit by a car while on foot patrol in Greektown last Sunday has died.

Police were notified around midnight this morning that Charles Armour had died, Detroit Police spokeswoman Sgt Eren Stephens said. Armour worked for the department for more than 16 years, she said. A news conference is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. today at police headquarters.

A 30-year-old man from Buffalo, N.Y., is accused of hitting the officer while driving the wrong way on a one-way street in Greektown.

According to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, Armour was on foot patrol at St. Antoine and Monroe when Saddam Hussein Mohsin, traveling in the wrong direction, ran the officer over on June 5.

Armour was directing traffic when the silver Ford Focus with a New York plate started going the wrong way on a one way street.

Saddam Mohsin, a 30-year old man from New York, was driving the Focus.

"He was throwing things out of the car and being belligerent and throwing things at the pedestrians," said one witness. "He got back in the car after about five minutes of arguing."

That’s when Officer Armor stood in front of the car to make him stop, but the man slammed into the officer and threw him several feet then kept going. We’re told bystanders actually stopped him, pulled him out of the car, and beat him up.

Mohsin was arraigned Tuesday on charges of assault with intent to commit murder, assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment of death, reckless driving causing serious impairment of body function, felonious assault and possession of marijuana, according to the prosecutor’s office.

The prosecutor’s office released a statement today expressing sadness over Armour’s death.

“When the Detroit Police Department presents us with a new warrant request in this case, we will review it for new charges,” according to the statement.

A warrant request has not yet been submitted, the statement says.

Mohsin’s attorney, Leon Weiss, said today he was surprised and saddened to hear of Armour’s death. He said he will be seeking a psychological evaluation of his client.

Weiss said he expects Mohsin will face a homicide charge of some degree.

“I feel very sorry for the family of the officer,” Weiss said, adding the incident was an accident and that Mohsin “definitely wasn’t operating within the framework of what we would call his right mind.”

He said Mohsin was in town visiting relatives, who live in Dearborn. Weiss described his client, who he said has five children, as “troubled.”


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