30 counts filed against 2 men in ambush, shooting of Mich. officer

The men have been charged with felonious assault, armed robbery and numerous felony weapons charges

Samuel Dodge

MONROE, Mich. — Two men suspected in the weekend shooting of a Monroe police officer have been arraigned, according to the Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

Kordney Antwoine McDonald of Ypsilanti and Koby Ryan Falls of Monroe are charged in the shooting of Cpl. Renae Peterson of the Monroe City Police Department at around 8 p.m. Sunday, May 24, near North Dixie Highway and Ternes Drive, Michigan State Police said.

Both men appeared before First District Court Judge Jack Vitale Tuesday afternoon, May 26. McDonald faces 17 counts, including assault with murderous intent, assaulting a police officer, felonious assault, armed robbery, carjacking and felony weapons charges. Falls faces 13 counts, including assaulting a police officer, armed robbery, concealed carry violations and felony weapons charges.

The men are lodged at the Monroe County Jail, said Monroe Police Captain John Wall.

Peterson was responding to an armed carjacking call in Monroe when one of the two suspects began shooting at her after she found the stolen vehicle and got out of her patrol car, police said. Peterson was shot multiple times and taken to a Toledo-area hospital, police said.

Peterson, a 16-year veteran of the Monroe Police Department, was reported to be in stable condition as of 12:34 p.m. on Monday, May 25, police said. Her husband, Lt. Ken Peterson, also a Monroe police officer, said Tuesday that the family is concentrating on Peterson getting better and that he expects a full recovery.

Peterson’s friends and co-workers have organized a fundraiser to cover her medical costs. The link can be found here. The effort already has raised more than $22,000.

“The Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office gratefully acknowledges the gallant service of Cpl. Peterson, and many thousands of law enforcement officers like her across our nation, who are in harm’s way every day,” Michael G. Roehrig, Monroe County prosecutor, said. “As the ‘front line,’ they serve and protect our communities courageously and selflessly, all too frequently putting their lives in grave danger.”

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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