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Grand Rapids man pleads guilty to shooting at a federal officer

The U.S. Department of Justice logo is seen on a podium in Baltimore, last year.
Patrick Semansky
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AP
The U.S. Department of Justice logo is seen on a podium in Baltimore, last year.

The United States Department of Justice says two men face up to 20-years in prison.

In early February 2020, Jaquari Trotter and Gregory Rogers were gathered with friends outside a home on Sherman Street SE. At that time, an unmarked SUV with members from the United States Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force were travelling through the Grand Rapids neighborhood. As it approached a second time, Rogers and Trotter got into a car and pulled out in front of the officers and sped off around a corner. There, Rogers was directed to pullover. Trotter got of the car from the passenger door, pulled a 9mm handgun from his waistband and fired 11 shots at the federal agents, then jumped back into the car and fled.

The United States Department of Justice says both men face up to 20-years in prison with fines of $250,000 including restitution for damage to federal property. U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge who heads the Western District of Michigan said, “This shooting was a senseless act of violence that could have cost a law enforcement officer his life. Trotter and Rogers acted intentionally and without regard for the damage their actions could cause.”

Sentencing is scheduled for May 10th in Lansing.