Man Shot By Police Outside McDonald's Found Competent To Stand Trial

Genio Morgan
Photo credit Genio Morgan (Photo: Port Huron Police Department)
By WWJ Newsradio 950

PORT HURON (WWJ/AP) - A 21-year-old man shot by police after officers say he charged at them with a knife has been found competent to stand trial.

Genio Morgan underwent a psychiatric evaluation after being charged with assault, resisting arrest and other crimes in connection with the January 5 incident. A report declaring him competent was presented this week to the St. Clair County court, The Times Herald of Port Huron reported.

Police say they were called to a McDonald's restaurant on Pine Grove Avenue in Port Huron on a report that a man -- later identified as Morgan -- was stabbing himself in the parking lot. The caller told police Morgan attempted to carjack a driver in the parking lot before he began walking south on Pine Grove.

"Officers arrived quickly and stopped to talk to the suspect," police said, in a media release. "Within seconds, the suspect, who was still armed with a knife and covered in blood, charged the officers in an aggressive manner. Multiple commands were given to drop the knife, but the suspect refused."

At that point, officers shot Morgan multiple times. 

A prosecutor ruled the shooting was justified and that the officers acted in self-defense. 

Morgan remains jailed on a $500,000 bond ahead of a preliminary exam on March 19. He's charged with one count of carjacking, two counts of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intend, two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon/felonious assault, two counts of resisting/obstructing, and habitual offender-- second offense. 

If convicted as charged, Morgan faces life in prison. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.