01/01/2009

Mich. teen charged as adult in officer's killing

Officer Down: Officer Mason Samborski

The Associated Press

A prosecutor in Michigan says a 16-year-old from Detroit will be charged as an adult in the killing of an Oak Park police officer who was shot following a weekend traffic stop.

Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper said in a statement Thursday that she has authorized a warrant charging Jonathan Belton with first-degree murder.

Belton was arrested in connection with the death of 28-year-old Officer Mason Samborski, who was shot early Sunday in the Detroit suburb of Oak Park.

Belton was charged Monday as a juvenile with open murder and possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony.

He was being held without bail. Arraignment was set for Friday.

Defense attorney Wright Blake did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment Thursday.

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