Man Arrested for shooting of Transgender Woman in Detroit Gas Station

Deonton A. Rogers,

Deonton A. Rogers, 29 / Detroit Police

Deonton A. Rogers, 29, was arraigned in 34th District Court in Romulus Saturday on charges of firearm discharge causing a serious injury, felonious assault, felony firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, child abuse in the fourth degree and ethnic intimidation based upon gender. Rogers’ bond was set at $2 million according to Detroit News.

“Great work by our team, particularly our 12th precinct special operations… who relentlessly follow up on tips we were getting from the community,” Detroit Police Chief James Craig said. “That suspect has been taken into custody without incident.

Rodgers made a lewd comment to the women who then told Rodgers she was transgender. The transphobic individual then pulled a gun on the woman and shot her in the shoulder after a struggle inflicting a non-lethal wound.

Rodgers then fled with his girl friend’s child still in the car abandoning her at the gas station. The child was later found.

The shooting happened around 8 p.m. Monday at the Mobil gas station at Seven Mile and Greenfield roads. Security video captured a struggle before the woman was shot.

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