DETROIT, MI -The Wayne County Prosecutors Office has charged a Detroit Police officer with three counts of Possession of Firearm While Under the Influence, eight counts of Resisting and Obstructing the Police, and 6 counts of Felony Firearm.
On Sunday January 14th, 2018, Detroit Police Officer Jerold Blanding was on Restricted Duty/No Gun Status while he was under investigation for a fatal police shooting.
On the same day at approximately 2:34 p.m. DPD patrol officers were responding to an injury car accident in the 12900 block of Puritan when they encountered Blanding, who was off-duty at the time. Blanding knew the victim, 19-year-old Raynard Burton, but was not involved in the accident.
When Blanding was standing near Raynard Burton, the accident victim, the officers tried to speak with him. It is alleged that his speech was slurred and he smelled of intoxicants. It is further alleged that he had three handguns in his possession and resisted and obstructed the police as they were attempting to render aid to Burton.
Today Jerold Blanding has been charged with three counts of Possession of Firearm While Under the Influence, eight counts of Resisting and Obstructing the Police, and 6 counts of Felony Firearm.
He was arraigned this afternoon in 36th District Court and received a $50,000 personal bond. His probable cause conference is scheduled for April 18, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. and his preliminary examination is scheduled for April 23, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Chief James Craig addressed the media today concerning the charges of the officer.