Detroit cop shot in '78 to be honored as a fallen officer 11 years after his death
Scott Larkins will be honored as a fallen police officer 41 years after a mentally ill sniper shot him in the back on the city's east side, leading to decades of health problems that caused his 2008 death. Larkins, a former Detroit cop, is scheduled have his name added to the National Fallen Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., in May, thanks to Wayne State University police officer Chris Powell, who discovered the oversight earlier this year. Powell in 2017 set up a scholarship in the name of his former best friend, Collin Rose, a Wayne State K-9 officer who was killed in the line of duty Nov. 22, 2016. In April, the Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation received an application from Jacob Fournier, 18, a graduate of L'Anse Creuse High School-North. In his application essay, Fournier mentioned that his father was a retired Clinton Township police officer, and that his grandfather, Larkins, was a Detroit cop who had been shot on the job in 1978 and died years later from related injuries. After reading the essay, Powell said he checked the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and didn't see Larkins’ name. "I got permission from the family to look into what happened," Powell said. "I started digging into it on my lunch breaks and days off, and things progressed pretty quickly from there." Powell obtained a copy of the autopsy report that ruled Larkins' March 9, 2008, death at age 58 was a duty-related homicide. He then arranged to have Larkins' name added to the National Fallen Officers Memorial. Powell said he hopes to raise enough money to send Larkins' family to the May 13 ceremony on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Larkins' widow, Sharon Larkins, 74, of Harper Woods, said she's "stunned by the whole thing." "I can't believe (Powell) did all that for our family," she said. "We've been through so much over the years."
October 8, 2019