Suspect arrested in shooting of Detroit trans woman

Law enforcement officers have made an arrest in a case involving the shooting of a Detroit trans woman.

The city’s police chief, James Craig, made the announcement on Saturday. Craig said that the suspect was “taken into custody without incident,” according to the Detroit News.

As reported by the DPD Facebook page, the suspect was apprehended in the area of Grand River and Telegraph, due largely to the investigative efforts of the DPD’s 12th Precinct Investigative Unit.

The suspect’s name is Deonton A. Rogers, 29. Rogers was arraigned on Saturday in the 34th District Court in Romulus, Michigan.

The charges were felonious assault, felon possession of a firearm, fourth-degree child abuse, gender-oriented ethnic intimidation, and firearm discharge resulting in serious injury.

Rogers’ bail was set at $2 million.

The original attack occurred last Monday at approximately 8:05 p.m. at a Mobil Gas Station on the west side of Detroit.

The interaction between Rogers and the trans woman victim began when Rogers approached the victim, and made a “lewd remark.”

Then, the Detroit News said, “When he was informed by the victim that she is a transgender woman he engaged in a verbal argument with her about her sexual orientation until Rogers allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband.”

“As the victim struggled with him over the weapon, it is alleged that Rogers shot the victim in the shoulder, according to the prosecutor’s office.”

Rogers fed the scene, leaving his companion, a 27-year-old woman, at the scene. His companion’s child remained Rogers’ care. The child was later found unharmed, reports said.

The victim’s wounds were said to be non-fatal.