Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 20 years
Badge # 54
Incident Date: 9/12/2016
Offender: Charged with murder
Sergeant Kenneth Steil succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained on September 12th, 2016, while chasing a subject who had just attempted to carjack a vehicle at approximately 11:00 pm.
As officers arrived on scene of the carjacking, at a gas station at 7 Mile East and Hayes Street, the main suspect fled on foot. As Sergeant Steil pursued him the subject turned and fired a sawed-off shotgun, striking Sergeant Steil in the shoulder. Two other officers were able to subdue the man and take him into custody.
It was later determined that the subject had shot his own father in the foot the previous night. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder and several other felonies.
Sergeant Steil was transported to St. John Hospital where it was initially believed he would recover, however, he experienced complications and died on September 17th, 2016.
The subject who shot him was subsequently charged with murder of a peace officer, first degree murder, resisting an officer causing death, and multiple other felony charges.
Sergeant Steil had served with the Detroit Police Department for 20 years and was assigned to the 9th District. He is survived by his wife and two young sons.
Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:
Chief of Police James E. Craig
Detroit Police Department
1301 Third Street
Detroit, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 596-2200