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Published On: Mon, Feb 9th, 2015

Roderick Jones murder: Walter Jennings arrested and charged

Police have arrested and charged a Detroit man in connection to the shooting death of a reserve Highland Park police officer, Roderick Jones.

Walter Jennings, 35, was arraigned Monday on charges of first degree murder, felon in possession and felony firearm second degree in connection with the murder of Jones, 33, who was gunned down Friday night outside a west side Detroit nightclub.

Roderick Jones  photo/ supplied

Roderick Jones photo/ supplied

According to Assistant Detroit Police Chief Steve Dolunt to press on Monday, Jones was working security and reportedly kicked Jennings and another man out of the Opyum Bar and Lounge at some point during the night.

Jones refused to let Jennings back inside, Jennings fired the fatal shots, killing the man, Dolunt detailed.

Dolunt said Jennings is a habitual offender, with a lengthy history of drug and gun charges.

“This guy is a criminal; I’m sorry, he is…a convicted criminal,” Dolunt told WWJ’s Sandra McNeill. “But apparently he enjoys pleading out so that he doesn’t get hit with the max; and unfortunately he got out and killed someone.”

“Apparently, he thought he was a real hardass,” Dolunt added, “and now he can go to jail and think about his actions.”

Jones, who was an Army veteran who served in Iraq, was rushed to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

“He was a good officer,” said Highland Park Police Chief Kevin Coney. “He was an Army veteran, he did a tour over in Iraq, just a stand-up guy. We never had any problems or issues with him.”

Jennings faces life in prison without parole if convicted on the first degree murder charge.

A GoFundMe page has been created in support of Jones’ family.

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