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Wayne County sheriff dies from COVID-19 complications

Wayne County Sheriffs Department


Benny Napoleon, the sheriff of Michigan’s largest county and a former Detroit police chief, died Thursday after spending weeks in the hospital with COVID-19, his family said.

Napoleon, 65, died at Henry Ford Hospital with family present, daughter Tiffani Jackson said.

“Remember his generosity, integrity and faithfulness as a public servant for over 45 years,” she said.

Napoleon was admitted to the hospital on Nov. 20, a day after publicly disclosing that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Napoleon was Wayne County sheriff since 2009. He served as Detroit police chief earlier in his career and ran for mayor in 2013, losing to Mike Duggan.